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The Gaudi Key by Esteban Martín
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Jul 02, 2012

bookshelves: europe, spain, barcelona, travel
Read from July 02 to 11, 2012

I can't judge the plot because I was skipping the pages more than I was reading them, but I really liked the analysis of Gaudi's work.

It finally explained to me his expansive popularity with the Japanese. It pointed out Gaudi's compositions connections to Zen through its imitations of the natural shapes of cliffs, grottoes and plants, with the native stonecrop, Sedum acre, given quite a prominence. Gaudi turned birds' nests, anthills, stalactites, mountains, trees, rocks and plants into towers, vaults, pillars and cupolas in his architectural design. For him originality meant going back to the source, and natural beauty was the brilliance of the truth.
The Japanese love Gaudi because his compositions are reminiscent of suiseki- art in stone created by nature. His work is full of symbolism: his rocks and trees are full of hidden spiritual meaning.

So, this was interesting, but as I said, I can't comment on the book.
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