Overheads

28 May
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Mosaics at Parc Güell

Happy Monday! It’s a public holiday, here in Barcelona, but for those of you hard at work, and for those of you, just having a lazy day, here’s a post on overheads, in other words, what’s above us, sheltering us from the sun, or rain, as the case may be, in other words: ceilings… enjoy!

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Waves and curls – Passeig de Gràcia

You may have guessed, that the two above are both by the wonderful Gaudí, and if so, right you are! Gorgeous ceilings, aren’t they? There are more examples of beautiful ceilings in Barcelona, and some, thankfully, are visible to anyone who cares to look up. For example the beautiful ceiling of a pharmacy on Carrer Carders (below), in traditional Catalan ‘golfes’ style (meaning vaulted), with the added embellishment of painted details.

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Painted vaults – Carrer Carders

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Sgraffito and floral moldings – Carrer Príncep d’Astùries

Curlicues and floral details are common in the grander buildings that were built in the Modernista period, such as these  two lovely examples.

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Garlands, old gold and silver – Carrer Ample

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Tiles – Parc Güell

Tiles are also a traditional element in Catalan ceilings, although more often seen in the countryside. This ceiling is found in the house that Gaudí lived in in Parc Güell. Below a rather funky ceiling, made of wooden panels and with some interesting ‘lightscaping’ – you can find it at the entrance of a large bank on Passeig de Gràcia…

Have a great week, and watch your overheads! You never know when you might discover some really nice ones!

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

‘Lightscaping’ at Passeig de Gràcia

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