If Gaudi was a fly fisher

If the late architect Antoni Gaudi had been a fly fisherman there is no doubt that our rods, reels and flies would have a different look than they do today. This passed through my consciousness several times while Dottie and I walked through the examples of his awe-inspiring work in Barcelona earlier this month.

Before I saw his creations in person, I assumed that his work was marked by unnecessary and extravagant ornamentation. I was wrong.

An observer of nature with a particular fascination for the sea, he attempted to use nature’s own designs and patterns in both his engineering and the images he created.

I cannot possibly describe what I saw when I visited the home, apartment and great Sagrada Familia Cathedral that we visited. Words on paper simply cannot do it.

That Gaudi was a one-of-a-kind architect and genius there is no doubt, but what impressed me most was how well and practically his breath taking designs functioned. The buildings were not just monuments to his vision but meant to be used and enjoyed.

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