"And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came. "
Below is another of Gaudi's works. A house he remodeled in 1904. This one is based on Marine life. Each piece both decorative and functional. He too must have felt the need to go "back to the sea". Note the slain dragon on the roof. This guy was too cool! And what an imagination!
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.-- Albert Einstein
I will try to continue my blog as a way to study and reflect on my experience and to document some of what I learned about when I was in Spain. Today, I post a few pictures that I took at Casa Mila , along with a video that I found on their official website that is a fantastic artistic rendition of how Antnoni Gaudi's works are inspired by nature. If we can inspire children from our rural communities in similar ways--to use what they know well, the place and land that they live, to inspire and create new and innovative things and ideas-- what a great thing that would be!
While I was in Spain, I made sure to document Spanish landscapes, architecture and customs that were different from the small town of Warwick, Massachusetts to share with the children in my class, But I also looked for similarities- so that the children could use these to make connections to what they know and help them realize that all people, no matter where they are from, all have things in common. Here are a few shots