On the chilly and overcast morning of New Year’s Eve, I still had so much of Barcelona to see. But, with Park Güell just a short walk from my apartment, it was the first place I decided to head to that morning.
I arrived out of breath, not realizing the steep incline it would take for me to make those final steps, but when I turned the corner, it was worth it.
Still, I needed to be convinced, and I was worried that a park crowded with tourists wasn’t going to help me see the beauty behind Gaudí’s works the way that I wanted to. While the rest of the world seemed enthralled with Antoni Gaudí’s architecture, I seemed to be lost in translation.
Everyone’s advice to me when I headed to Barcelona had to do with Gaudí,
and while Casa Milà and Casa Batlló were nice, I didn’t entirely understand the fascination behind them. It wasn’t that I couldn’t appreciate the architecture, it simply wasn’t my style.
But, that’s the beauty behind art, there are so many different forms of it to appreciate, and while I may not love every one, I try to understand art in all forms. Gaudí was one that I knew I was going to have to work on, but I was hoping the park would be able to help me understand why he is so revered.
As soon as I stepped in the park, I began to see Gaudí differently. It was simply magical, and no matter how one tends to feel about his works, it’s easy to admire his ornate design within this realm. It’s simple yet extraordinary, and a place far from the city, yet inclusive of its character.
Wandering around, I attempted to photograph the park without the crowds of people, which wasn’t an easy task. Still, I set out to practice the photography skills I learned over the summer in Chile, and through that art form, I began to grasp the beauty behind Gaudí’s work.
It was beautiful, full of detail, color, and life. Even with swarms of people crowded around taking photos, I slowly began to fall in love. I sat for a while, staring around and taking it all in. I was finally starting to understand.
While his style is not entirely my own, I now have a better understanding for why people are so in love with Gaudí. I don’t think I will ever wait in long lines to view his work, as I would for other artists, but he has won me over with Park Güell.