Barcelona architect Antoni Gaudi disdained Christianity as a young man. As he developed, however, into a keen observer of nature he began to recognize beauty everywhere. He came to attribute all to God’s creative energy and sought ways to honor and publicize what he had found.
Project after project repeated his narrative of beginning in the darkness and moving upward to the light. He sought to demonstrate the natural world in interior as well as exterior architecture, using forms and lines from nature and an extraordinary play of natural light through stained glass. Magical whimsy became his hallmark as he invited viewers to enjoy the playful fungiform structures and mythological reptile creatures he produced.
May we follow Gaudi’s lead, observe the activity of our Creator’s energy in nature, and see ourselves as His beautiful handiwork as well.