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Barcelona, Spain is known for its colorful culture, architecture, and perfect climate. Thinking Color has visited Barcelona before to take a look at the Sagrada Familia but this massive cathedral was not Gaudi's only colorful mark on the city.

In the early 1900’s Barcelona was expanding at a frantic pace. A prominent housing developer in the city, Eusebi Guell, eyed Carmel Hill overlooking the city as a the perfect place for an upscale housing development. Unfortunately for Guell, but fortunately for the cultural history of the world, he contracted an up and coming architect named Antoni Gaudi to design the development.

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Gaudi envisioned a space where nature, culture, and housing all combined together in a single upscale space complete with the most modern luxuries. Gaudi began the project by creating expansive gardens and walkways using his particular twist on organic geometry. However, only two houses were ever constructed on the site. One of which Gaudi himself bought in order to help keep the project afloat. The housing development failed due to the cost of living in the area, the distance from the city center and the quizzical feelings residents held towards Gaudi’s gaudi designs. With the failure of the housing project the Barcelona government declared the park to be open to the public in 1926.

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The park contains a myriad of mosaics and sculptures designed by Gaudi that flow seamlessly into the natural environment of the park. At times visitors almost need to look twice to see that what appears to be an organic structure is actually a product of Gaudi’s unique design.   

   

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