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Barcelona Alive: Decorative Art Inspired from Nature

Barcelona. No trip to Barcelona is complete without beholding something touched by the creative hand of the great Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. But steep entrance fees and mile-long lines would deter even the most geeky of architect lovers from visiting the interiors of the Sagrada Familia or the Casa Milà. Luckily much of his work can be appreciated from the outside, like Casa Batlló located on Passeig de Gràcia. As do many of Gaudí’s works, Casa Batlló has a local nickname, in this case Casa del ossos, so termed for its cartilage and bonelike facade. Indeed, Gaudi’s edifices have often been dubbed “organic” and “animate”, with great inspiration derived from the natural world. In keeping with his lively creations, here are some examples of decorative art inspired from nature, as seen in Barcelona’s Eixample district:

Gaudi’s Casa Batlló, Barcelona
Giraffe Stilettos, Louis Vuitton, Barcelona
Lion head door knocker, Barcelona
No White Scottish Terriers allowed! Barcelona

Practical Info: Casa Batlló, 43 Passeig de Gràcia. Tickets 18.15€ at the door, 17.25€ online. For more info see www.casabatllo.es.

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