It’s time for another round of Cee’s Share Your World. Week 27. Year’s half over!
If you were the architect of one existing building, which building would you select?
In 1983 I enrolled in “Advertising Art”. I am absolutely convinced that the college accepted me strictly on the basis of my “mature student” status. That and my Ontario Scholar award from ten years prior. I had no portfolio to speak of. I hastily assembled a few samples of calligraphy and dashed off a still life – one green apple, water-colour, rendered on scrap computer paper . You know, the dot matrix printer paper. The 4 or 5 inches that is torn away to leave an 8 1/2 x 11″ sheet. In hindsight I cannot believe the nerve!
I did just fine in that course. While I lacked creativity, I was pleased to discover some technical skill. The academic work, which was minimal, was a cakewalk for me. Only one lecture/essay type course, and that was the History of Art.
Most of the class time was spent viewing slides of masterpieces through the ages. It was during one of these classes when I was introduced to architect Antoni Gaudí and his expiatory church of La Sagrada Família, in Barcelona.
The expiatory church of La Sagrada Família is a work on a grand scale which was begun on 19 March 1882 from a project by the diocesan architect Francisco de Paula del Villar (1828-1901). At the end of 1883 Gaudí was commissioned to carry on the works, a task which he did not abandon until his death in 1926. Since then different architects have continued the work after his original idea.
The building is in the centre of Barcelona, and over the years it has become one of the most universal signs of identity of the city and the country. It is visited by millions of people every year and many more study its architectural and religious content.
It has always been an expiatory church, which means that since the outset, 132 years ago now, it has been built from donations. Gaudí himself said: “The expiatory church of La Sagrada Família is made by the people and is mirrored in them. It is a work that is in the hands of God and the will of the people.” The building is still going on and could be finished some time in the first third of the 21st century.
The cathedral completely captivates me due to the organic and somewhat whimsical lines. I am further impressed that there is no rush to finish this project. It will be completed when it is completed. A labour of love.
What is one of your favorite quotes?
Judge not. Compare not. Let go the need to understand. Bill Watson
What color do you feel most comfortable wearing?
Something that doesn’t show the dirt. So that leaves out whites and lights and blacks and darks. Which is mostly what I wear, because I’m not fussy about prints, stripes, plaids… So, I guess you could say, I’m comfortable wearing coffee-stained, cat hair-covered clothing.
What is something you learned in the last week?
Reiner and I went for a walk at the “Royal Bots” as my blogging buddy Elen calls ’em. We took the boardwalk along the Grindstone Marsh Trail and came to a viewing platform. There we enjoyed close encounters with Redwing Blackbirds, bullfrogs, and the Bullhead Catfish. A school of the fish were lazing just below the surface, completely at ease and apparently not at all concerned about predators.
“Huh,” I said. “Wouldn’t they make a nice easy target for herons or raptors!”
“Nope,” said Reiner. He went on to explain that this species comes equipped with very sharp spines on the dorsal and pectoral fins. When they are caught, the fins shoot out and effectively increase their overall girth, making them very difficult if not impossible to swallow. Not to mention pokey.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m grateful that my course work is done. School is out for summer!
I’m anxious that my course work is done. I want to avoid the pitfalls I experienced last year. So this week, I joined up with the Building Rome Challenge.
Categories: Continuing Education