It may appear to be stone imitating melting wax, but it’s so much more than stalactites.
Grottos shelter scenes of Jesus’ nativity, the baptism, the annunciation. Angels with brass trumpets herald the occasion. Terraces and stained glass windows — using the typically Barcelona-ish circles of colored glass. Then you can see how the second tier (of three planned) will look, with its sharp triangular shapes setting off the organically carved stone.
And yes, that’s a Christmas tree. If you’ve ever been to the Metropolitan Museum’s annual crèche display, you’ll be familiar with a green tree decorated solely with white birds. And after visiting Park Guell this afternoon, I’ve no doubt that the green and white are made out of cracked ceramic tiles bonded to underlying shapes of concrete.
Towards the bottom we curve around to what will ultimately be the main entrance, facing to the east. The “Our Father” is cast, in Catalan, on huge bronze doors, with phrases from it in other languages in relief.