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Inspiration in Barcelona

Inspiration in Barcelona

This summer Todd took a trip to Barcelona. He enjoyed the fun of travelling with his family and was inspired by the beautifully constructed walls, layers of architecture and spent much of his time observing the locals.

Another inspiring part of his trip was visiting Park Guell, one of Gaudi’s earliest projects. The park was designed by Gaudi during his naturalist phase and much of his influence came from organic shapes. Despite taking on huge projects, Gaudi wasn’t known for architectural drawings, he would take a look at the space and start creating. While the craftsmanship was naive, the forms and textures of his designs are incredible, some of which can’t be seen from every angle so exploring his work is full of surprising details. Along with organic forms, interesting textures, Park Guell is full of color! Gaudi once said, “Nature does not present us with any object in monochrome - not in vegetation, not in geology, not in topography, not in the animal kingdom.” Known for being a true creative with a unique vision, Gaudi didn’t do things the way others did and no one has created in the same way since. He was committed to his personal passion in a way similar to Todd - trusting himself and staying true to his vision. Todd enjoys traveling, he finds inspiration every single day, whether it be in Barcelona or Boulder, Colorado.