Visual Essay 1: Nature and Modernisme: Vegetation and floral motifs

Nature, floral, and vegetation motifs all around the city of Barcelona, from the architecture to the decoration all around.
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This was taken in the lobby or front entrance of Palau Macaya, one the more well known modernist buildings in the city of Barcelona, made by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch. It is interesting to see how a modern building incorporated this older more vintage style using this clover/flower type of tile on the ceiling.

This was taken in the lobby or front entrance of Palau Macaya, one the more well known modernist buildings in the city of Barcelona, made by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch. It is interesting to see how a modern building incorporated this older more vintage style using this clover/flower type of tile on the ceiling.

This picture was also taken in Casa Batlló. Here, the architecture by Gaudi is purposely, geniusly, and creatively mastered to resemble an ocean. Gaudi played with the natural sunlight, color of the tiles, and different forms to create the sense of being underwater, or one with the ocean.

This picture was also taken in Casa Batlló. Here, the architecture by Gaudi is purposely, geniusly, and creatively mastered to resemble an ocean. Gaudi played with the natural sunlight, color of the tiles, and different forms to create the sense of being underwater, or one with the ocean.

This is the outside of the Palau Mayaca, whose architect made the decision to reflect Catalan modernism in his work. There is a clear influence of nature motifs here, with intertwining flowers, leaves, and trees.

This is the outside of the Palau Mayaca, whose architect made the decision to reflect Catalan modernism in his work. There is a clear influence of nature motifs here, with intertwining flowers, leaves, and trees.

This was taken while walking down passeig de gracia, it seems like a pure piece of decoration. Colorful and happy, there are tiles to create a flower pattern and picture. Tiling is an old form of design, however this motif/piece is clearly very new.

This was taken while walking down passeig de gracia, it seems like a pure piece of decoration. Colorful and happy, there are tiles to create a flower pattern and picture. Tiling is an old form of design, however this motif/piece is clearly very new.

Here on the famous Sagrada Familia, is a tree built into the intricate architecture of the church. This is the "Tree of Life," which symbolizes humanity that is free from corruption. It makes sense that an important symbol of nature would be a big part of this Church.

Here on the famous Sagrada Familia, is a tree built into the intricate architecture of the church. This is the "Tree of Life," which symbolizes humanity that is free from corruption. It makes sense that an important symbol of nature would be a big part of this Church.

The museo nacional d'art de Catalunya is a beautiful old building, with carefully placed and designed pieces of shubbery and flowers leading up to it. While the building does not have nature engraved or designed in the stone, it is clearly incorporated in the overall aesthetic of the area.

The museo nacional d'art de Catalunya is a beautiful old building, with carefully placed and designed pieces of shubbery and flowers leading up to it. While the building does not have nature engraved or designed in the stone, it is clearly incorporated in the overall aesthetic of the area.

Nature and flowers can been seen throughout Barcelona in simple everyday arrangements such as this decoration of a balcony. With the smaller apartment style buildings enclosing you, the balcony and plants allow the resident to embrace nature in a modern efficient way.

Nature and flowers can been seen throughout Barcelona in simple everyday arrangements such as this decoration of a balcony. With the smaller apartment style buildings enclosing you, the balcony and plants allow the resident to embrace nature in a modern efficient way.

While the Arc de triomf may not have flowers on it, the columns directly in front are decorated with big palm leaves. The arc also is located at the top of a promenade, leading to Ciutadella Park and has a bunch of palm trees leading right up to the beautiful piece of architecture.

While the Arc de triomf may not have flowers on it, the columns directly in front are decorated with big palm leaves. The arc also is located at the top of a promenade, leading to Ciutadella Park and has a bunch of palm trees leading right up to the beautiful piece of architecture.

This is flowerpots on the outdoor back balcony of Casa Batlló, designed by Gaudi. I took this picture to highlight the relationship between using art to highlight and celebrate nature. The colorful tiles used for the flower pots would add a unique charm to the decoration of that balcony. The nature and art feed of each other in this case.

These flower pots are on the back wall of the courtyard of Casa Batlló. Not only do we see floral motifs, but Gaudi is actually designing his art in order to allow it to interact with nature.

This building has supports for what seems to be a balcony, decorated with flowers which made a somewhat lumpy form beautiful and ornate. Do to the coloring, the building does seem to be older however the flowers add a vibrant and happy tone to the architecture and shadows.

This building has supports for what seems to be a balcony, decorated with flowers which made a somewhat lumpy form beautiful and ornate. Do to the coloring, the building does seem to be older however the flowers add a vibrant and happy tone to the architecture and shadows.

This picture was also taken at the Palau Macaya directly inside, this design seemed to be engraved or embedded into the wall of the building. It looks like a fancy paisley-esq motif of flowers, trees, leaves, different aspects of nature brought together for design.

This picture was also taken at the Palau Macaya directly inside, this design seemed to be engraved or embedded into the wall of the building. It looks like a fancy paisley-esq motif of flowers, trees, leaves, different aspects of nature brought together for design.

This looks like what the decorations for what would be at the top of a column, with the initials DH? It is an ornate decoration of leaves and flowers at the top of an archway for the door.

This looks like what the decorations for what would be at the top of a column, with the initials DH? It is an ornate decoration of leaves and flowers at the top of an archway for the door.

This picture was taken while walking home from CIEE, I was just peaking into the door when I saw these plants hanging from the inside railing of the building. It was interesting to see the nature that is usually outside in balconies, inside  as part of the interior decoration.

This picture was taken while walking home from CIEE, I was just peaking into the door when I saw these plants hanging from the inside railing of the building. It was interesting to see the nature that is usually outside in balconies, inside as part of the interior decoration.

This picture was taken for the entrance of an apartment building, with the iron fence being decorated with a flower. It is cool to see the juxtaposition of the hard metal fence with a beautiful, delicate piece of nature.

This picture was taken for the entrance of an apartment building, with the iron fence being decorated with a flower. It is cool to see the juxtaposition of the hard metal fence with a beautiful, delicate piece of nature.

This was taken on my way home. The streets and sidewalks of Barcelona are filled with this type of tile, that seem to have a clover-like or flower pattern. This design seems to incorporate nature in something that is very man made and industrial.

The streets and sidewalks of Barcelona are filled with this type of tile, that seem to have a clover-like or flower pattern. This design seems to incorporate nature in something that is very man made and industrial.

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