Art Travelogues

La Sagrada Familia — The Nativity Facade

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.

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2 thoughts on “La Sagrada Familia — The Nativity Facade”

  1. I remember the turtle at the bottom of the main column at this facade. It represented the slow, steady strength needed to build the edifice, I think. And then speaking of tile there was wine bottles embedded in the mortar near the top of one of the towers on the west facade.
    I always thought it would be cool if Cleveland took on a long form project like this. I’d volunteer.

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