In Fiction on May 2, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Casa Battlo in Barcelona by Antonio Gaudi


I tried to give the form of nature to the works of man. The organic curve, the subtle softness—an answer to the harsh lines and right angles we use to distinguish ourselves from the beast.

The Segrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batlló: these were my life’s work.

Perhaps the world laughs at me now, struck by a tram and left to die in the street—literally a victim of the industrial age. But, if so, they misread these symbols.

For in my death I will reveal what man truly is: an object. Inert.

But a work of art.

This is my story for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt (the photo up yonder, brought to us by Kent Bonham). I recognized it immediately from my trip to Barcelona as the work of the one, the only Antoni Guadi, so I knew I had to write my story about him.

Hopefully it makes sense outside the context of my own brain. Let me know what you think and be sure to check out the rest of this week’s stories!

  1. I remember spending weeks learning about Guadi in my secondary school art lessons. At the time I really didn’t think much of his work as I much preferred the work we did on Klimt and Banksy. Now I can really see how talented he is.

  2. A great take Brian, and thank you for staying close to Gaudi.

  3. I like the humanity of this.

  4. Eerie and thought provoking story… it really strung a cord in me, like I had to just pause and absorb what I read afterward.

  5. Great piece of writing. I’m not familiar with Gaudi’s life story but I feel like you’ve given us a glance into his soul.

  6. There is so much here to enjoy and comment on. The philosophizing really pulled me in, made me think. I am haunted now, mourning the indigenous wisdom that perhaps tapped into nature’s natural curves more than we industrialists/modernists do. I agree with Mystikel here too, that you do a fantastic job showing a bit of Gaudi’s soul.

  7. Dear Brian,
    Beautifully imagined and articulated. We took similar paths this time, didn’t we?

    • Thank you Rochelle – and we did! Some people thought the building looked creepy, but I think Gaudi’s architecture is incredible. Thank you for commenting!

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