Building on Nature: The Life of Antoni Gaudi
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His home is in Catalonia, a place of jagged mountain peaks and silvery olive trees, splashed by the sparkling sea. The wild beauty of this landscape makes a deep impression. He thinks of it as the Great Book of Nature, and he will read from it all of his life.
Gaudí becomes an architect, learning the rules of form and structure that buildings are supposed to follow. But the shapes and colors of the natural world still inspire him, and he works them into his buildings. Leaves climb up walls. Pillars are giant animal feet. A long bench snakes around a playground.
Antoni Gaudí turned nature into art, and in the process he revolutionized the world of architecture.
Show kids some of his buildings alongside other buildings and see if they can guess which ones were inspired by the natural world.