It’s hard to believe that just over two weeks ago, I was sitting in La Sagrada Familia in the center of the nave (they’d roped off the center section to protect it from the crowds), seated quietly, soaking up the colors and sights and sounds that were swirling around me. Aside from the two gorgeous choir lofts shown here, there are all kinds of stained glass windows, interesting sculptural features, an inspiring Christ under a unique baldacchino. As I sat there, just under the hub-bub of the tourists milling all around me, I became aware of choral music. Strains of it reminded me of Faure’s Requiem. At other times I thought I could float along on the melody of Ave Maria. Then I was sure Handel’s Messiah was the melody I was hearing. It was all very ethereal, a peak Easter experience for me.
The reason why I’m writing about this now, is that our yearly theme for Four-in-Art is Color, and this quarter’s challenge is music. At first I’d played around with representing a musical score in colors, sort of a sing your way through the rainbow sort of thing. Or pick out visual elements of music, say a treble clef or bass clef or some sturdy quarter notes, and arrange them, in colorful fabrics, in a composition.
But once I was in La Sagrada Familia, I knew I had to interpret that experience somehow, for it truly was an immersion in color and music. I’m still working on it, but here are some more photos from that place for you to enjoy. Our reveal is coming up in three weeks, so I’m actively thinking about it, trying out ideas, trying even harder not to work on a deadline, in order to create something I’m happy with. See you May 1st for the reveal of our quilts.
P.S. TravelMind.com is my travel blog; it takes me months to write up my trips, so nothing from Spain is over there yet.