That is the Royal Ontario Museum. It looks like a Transformer in the middle of a change or maybe a robot eating the old building. Eyesores. I can't stand that kind of sickness. Guys like Frank Gehry can get shackled and thrown in jail for their crimes against our eyes. We are told his work is cool and amazing, so the herd goes along with it. It is weird, lacks symmetry, lacks anything tied to nature, and looks alien. "But it looks whimsical and fantastic." No, it's curved metal and poorly placed windows that do nothing with natural light.
There is an architect that I enjoy whether a house, a church or a park. He is long dead. If you go to Barcelona, you'll see his work all around you. It is Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi was part of the Modernisme movement centered in Catalonia, which ran parallel with the great Art Nouveau movement. His work is unique and different yet enchanting. One wonders how much of the special flavor that was that movement and Gaudi's work in particular comes from being in Barcelona and that special Catalan culture. It's not Spanish. It's peculiar. Shhh, it is also why their secession movement has legs.
You have to see the facades, the buildings, the churches and parks for yourself. Gaudi sprinkled his works throughout Barcelona, so you can see not just a variety of his work but his changing style. I love Park Guell. Just sit there and take it in. The view of the city, the gingerbread house looking buildings, the broken tile murals, the pillars under the terrace, and the stone work that looks like a natural formation. One night I was there, a couple was getting married under the terrace. They took pictures in different spots after the ceremony. I do not blame them as it was an interesting spot to commemorate the event. That is just one Gaudi spot in that magnificent city.
An ornate and interesting looking lamp post is his or just is influenced by him. The apartment buildings he created were genuine works of art. He could work stone, glass and iron into an organic looking structure. The face of Casa Batllo looks like it could be on Dagobah. Casa Mila looks like a scoop of ice cream on a summer day when the sun is blazing and there are no clouds. These creations look molded more than constructed. Gaudi had neo-gothic creations as well, and this shows his range. You can see his different periods and see his growth and where it took him.
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