Woody Allen’s newest movie, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, is possibly his best in years. The lighting is moody, the cinematography evocative, and it is fun to see beauties such as Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz mouth different sides of his neuroses. The laughter builds gently until the preposterous situations.
It is also a fun trip to Barcelona, and I found myself falling in love with the Catalan music, culture and architecture of Antoni Gaudi.
Gaudi revered nature, and eschewed straight lines in favor of nature’s rhythms.
He studied nature’s angles and curves and incorporated them into his designs. Instead of relying on geometric shapes, he mimicked the way men stand upright. The hyperboloids and paraboloids he borrowed from nature were reinforced by steel rods.
Gaudi adorned many of his buildings with mosaic tiles, adding the element of color to his buildings, a dimension often overlooked by other architects.
The son of a coppersmith, Gaudi was a vegetarian who loved to go for long walks, affording him more time to spend in the natural world. His curving almost surreal style made him a leader of the Spanish Art Nouveau, although his was a style all its own, and he influenced architects all over the world.