巴塞隆拿名副其實是「高第之城」,天才建築師高第(上圖,圖源:維基百科)為巴塞隆拿留下不少曠世名作,件件精采、棟棟美麗。

高第一生未婚,他生於西班牙加泰隆拿區,死於巴塞隆拿(巴塞隆拿也位於加泰隆拿區),聽聞一生只說加泰隆拿語(若以香港作例,加泰隆拿語=廣東話,官方西班牙文=普通話),哇,原來高第是方言擁護者,親切好感度大增!

 

高第很幸運地遇上他的伯樂—有錢佬桂爾,桂爾委約高第創作了不少經典作品,又放手讓高第自由發揮,既能發揮所長,又能賴以維生,真是藝術家的夢想人生啊……

 

某天,高第從聖家堂離開時,被一輛電車撞倒了,當時高第衣衫襤褸,在場人員誤以為高第是流浪漢,隨便將他送走,其後高第被人認出,但已錯過急救黃金時間,幾天後仙遊了,享年73歲。

如果高第不hea著,穿得光鮮體面;或當時社會對所有人都一視同仁,即使是流浪漢也認真治療,結局會否不一樣呢?

 

我在巴塞隆拿只待了幾天,只去了聖家堂米拉之家桂爾公園桂爾宮,我終於明白什麼是「美麗的建築」,一踏入內,氣氛也不同,光影在嬉戲、壁花在展伸,雖然高第已經不在,但他留下的美麗,卻仍能觸動許許多多人的心。

 

今次我在巴塞隆拿的時間完全不夠,只看了三座高第作品,為了高第,我一定會再來巴塞隆拿!

 

 

 

Barcelona is literally Gaudi’s City. Gaudi the genius architect (the above image, source: Wikipedia) left lots of classic pieces in Barcelona. They are all beautiful and amazing.

Gaudi never married in his own life. He was born in Reus in Catalonia, Spain and died in Barcelona. (Barcelona was part of Catalonia)

 

It was said that Gaudi only spoke Catalonian in his whole life. (Let’s make Hong Kong as an example, Catalonian=Cantonese, official Spanish=Mandarin/Putonghua) Wow, Gaudi was a dialect supporter! I like him even more~

 

Gaudi was lucky to meet his supporter, Guell. Guell commissioned Gaudi lots of beautiful works and trusted him to develop his own style. Gaudi was in the right place for his talent and could live on doing something he like, what a dream life for every artist!

 

One day, when Gaudi was leaving Sagrada Familia, he was hit by a tram. People thought he was just a beggar because of his shabby clothing and he did not get an immediate care. Gaudi was recognised in the following day but he was too ill to receive any treatment. He died a few days later. Aged 73.

What if Gaudi was in a proper dressing, what if everybody, including the beggars was treated equally in the society, would there be any difference?

 

I just visited Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Park Guell and Palau Guell. I finally understood what are ‘Beautiful Buildings’. I can see light and shadow are playing and the flowers on the wall are stretching when I entered the building. Although Gaudi was long gone but the beauty he left still touching lots of people’s hearts.

 

I didn’t have enough time in Barcelona this time. I just visited 3 pieces of Gaudi work. I will visit Barcelona again for sure to see Gaudi’s work!!