October 11, 2013
IF GOD WORSHIPED hIMSELF, h'ED DO IT THERE:
A Computer-Generated Vision of Gaudí's Unfinished Masterpiece (Kristin Hohenadel, 10/08/13, Slate)
Posted by Orrin Judd at October 11, 2013 1:24 PM[T]hanks to the magic of computer-rendered animation, what Gaudí could not complete in a lifetime is virtually realized in the space of a one-minute YouTube video released by the Sagrada Familia foundation. The stunning video uses digitally enhanced helicopter footage to magically fill in the future outlines of Gaudí's dream. It shows the completed church as Gaudí envisioned it, with its 18 towers dedicated to various religious figures. The foundation projects the work will be completed by the 100-year anniversary of Gaudí's death, in 2026.The video offers a thrilling voyage into the future. But it's also a pointed reminder that much of the magic of the UNESCO World Heritage Site for the 2.5 million who visit each year lies in its semi-realized state. The world has long known the poetry of half-bombed churches and other ruins, but how often does modern civilization have a chance to witness in slow motion as a great building is built? Not a skyscraper that might take years, but a historic building that has been in the works for more than a century?Even unfinished, Sagrada Familia is a masterpiece, the crown jewel in Barcelona's architectural landscape. This living monument that began as an homage to the life of Christ has ended up becoming a testament to the divine possibilities of the human imagination.