Barcelona Photoblog: Mosaic Wall Signs at Park Guell. Why Park?

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Mosaic Wall Signs at Park Guell. Why Park?

Parc Guell: Serpentine Bench

Although on looking at the thumbnail (some of you come through the City Daily Photo Blog portal or directly searching for Barcelona pictures in Google images) you might think these are a couple of hand wrist Swatch watches nothing could be further from the truth. These are the two mosaics found on the wall at the entrance of Park Guell, which were made following the trencadis technique used by Antoni Gaudi. For English speakers the name is completely normal but it is odd for us that it reads Park and not parc (Cat.) or parque (Sp.). Why "Park"? Basically because the place was initially conceived to be a sort of city on the lap of the mountain based upon the Garden City model by British inventor, Ebenezer Howard, who impressed by a futuristic novel published in 1888 and some other preceding works created his own Utopian plan about a garden city, a new home for an idyllic society that would make a better world. Remember that Gaudi and his art patron Eusebi Güell i Bacigalupi were very influenced by the modern ideas of those times, coming from Europe and the United States, and besides, they were very religious men. About the image, I should say they were taken on a dull weather day and are not especially my favorite, in fact, I think the idea of mixing both words in one is not new but they surely have helped me make my point about the origin of the name.


  1. Pues sí, es curioso lo de Park y no parc ni parque. La verdad es que tengo ganas de visitar este "park". las veces q he estado en BCN fue tan de relámpago que ni me acerqué.. qué fallo. Habrá que dedicarle unos días...
    A mí me gusta que hayas mezclado las 2. Tiene más sentido que poner sólo una no?
    Un saludo!
    PD... me han dicho que el Madrid va a ganar la liga.... jijiji

  2. Anonymous1:49 PM

    It is stunning. I am not sure about it but I like the images. Nice photo of that.

    Have your ever seen the top of two Hondas?

  3. Haha, muy bueno Dsole. Gracias por el comentario a la foto. En lo que respecta a lo que te han dicho así están las apuestas aunque yo no participo que conste.

    Sunday, June 17, 2007
    Primera Division, Spain
    2006/07 Primera Division - 8:00 PM
    League Winner
    Real Madrid 2.10
    Barcelona 2.10
    Sevilla 8.50
    Valencia 17.00

    Conclusión, no se la jueguen. Gracias por sacar el tema.

    Abraham, I would have never thought of two Hondas but you are right they might as well look pretty much the same. Thanks.

  4. You know I'm not going to vapourize like Bob did. I'll still be around. I'll visit everyone and leave a comment or two when I can.

    Did you notice that Bob's BDP is back on the list? I think that's great. It gives the newer members a chance to see his great shots.

    Thank you Carlos. Thank you for always being so supportive. Wonderful post as usual :)

  5. Edwin, no need to thank me on that. You know I am a bit of a disaster but I am pretty sure of where good friends are and you are one of them. I never dropped Bob from the list cause I think his work is valuable. Thanks for paying a visit, see you soon.

  6. Ostres! Doncs jo pensava que això de posar-li "Park" amb "k" final era perquè en aquella època no sabien escriure bé en català i vàren posar "park" en comptes de "parc" amb "c" final. Gràcies!


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