In Barcelona, everyone’s an architecture addict

I’m an architect addict and frequently write about Southern California architecture for the Los Angeles Times. So when I visited Barcelona for the first time, I was entranced with the eccentric array of buildings – beginning of course with the work of Antoni Gaudi.

Several of the buildings in this brief video line-up are located along Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona’s trendiest street, in terms of architecture, commerce,  and shopping. The last image (which some have mistaken for Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia since I shot it in silhouette)  is  Barcelona’s cathedral, built during the 13th to 15th centuries.

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El Transparente | Toledo, Spain

I walked into Toledo’s 13th-century Gothic cathedral, looked up, and saw that someone had blasted a hole in the ceiling.

I love novelty – when someone simply does something – new.

Here’s Narciso Tome’s El Transparente, based on photographs I shot in Toledo, Spain.

Toledo is a short 74 km (46 miles) drive from Madrid. Or get there even faster by train.

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Phantasmagoric Figueres | Catalunya

• A ceiling in the Wind Palace / Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum / Figueres, Catalunya, Spain

Dali depicts himself and his wife, Gala, his eternal muse. At the far end, the couple surveys their “ship of destiny,” which is about to launch.

Dali is buried in the museum – beneath a geodesic dome cupola above a stage he had performed on as a boy (the museum was built around the stage). So for many Dali devotees, a trek to the museum is not just a journey – it’s a pilgrimage.

Wind Palace Ceiling / R. Daniel Foster

Figueres’ Dali museum is termed “the world’s largest surrealist object.” It is.  Dali designed everything in the museum, which he considered as his last and largest work.

The area’s “Dali Triangle” also includes Dali’s home workshop, the Dali House-Museum in Portlligat, and the Gala Dalí Castle.

Salvador Dali / Dali Theatre-Museum

Dali Theatre-Museum

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La Victoire de la Liberte

I came across this Salvador Dali riff on the Statue of Liberty in late 2016. I spied it after walking through Cadaques after a lunch on the bay. It was a nice hit of surrealism, as only Dali can deliver.

I shot just two photos of Dali’s liberty;  both are in this piece. In video production, you can do a lot with little.

As a boy, Salvador Dali visited Cadaques, and as an adult, he lived in the adjacent village of Portlligat, along with his muse and wife, Gala. The Dali house museum in Portlligat (where Dali worked until 1982) is packed with more surreal surprises.

The town of Cadaques is located along the Mediterranean on Catalunya’s Costa Brava.

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Cadaques / Gabriele Delhey

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