Learn all about Antoni Gaudi’s fantastical, organic, completely real architecture in a free YouTube vid

By on Aug 15th

You probably know about Antoni Gaudi — he's the guy who designed those incredible works of Spanish architecture:

Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló in Barcelona. Photo by Geof Wilson. Used under Creative Commons license.



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Photo by Laura Padgett. Used under Creative Commons license.

Casa Batllo

Photo by Tony. Used under Creative Commons license.

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Photo by Laura Padgett. Used under Creative Commons license.

And!

La Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia Cathedral. Photo by Robert Brands. Used under Creative Commons license.

Barcelona Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família

Photo by Wolfgang Staudt. Used under Creative Commons license.

La Sagrada Familla

Photo by dynamosquito. Used under Creative Commons license.

La Sagrada Familia

Photo by B Mully. Used under Creative Commons license.

Imploration

Photo by dynamosuito. Used under Creative Commons license.

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Photo by Frank Muller. Used under Creative Commons license.

Fruity finials, Sagrada Familia

Photo by Jessica Spengler. Used under Creative Commons license.

I love these creations. They're so very fanciful, unusual, and lovely. We covered Gaudi lightly in art history, and my main thought was, "Wait. Those actually exist in the real world?!"

They do! Spain is filled with many other touches of Gaudi, which werehelpfully gathered into a one hour, twelve minute documentary by Japanese filmmaker Hiroshi Tesigahara about 30 years ago — and was recently added to YouTube, free for the watching! So a documentary made by a Japanese man about a Spanish dude — the beauty of it is, it's completely international. There's very little script to this flick; mostly moody music, photos, and videos of Gaudi's work.

So you've got tonight's movie watching planned: Watch Hiroshi Tesigahara's documentary on YouTube. Feel amazed that a member of your species made this stuff, that it exists on our planet. And if you're really loving the docu, you can grab it on Amazon, too.

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