Sic transit Gloria?

Author:Beasley, Sandra

Works in Progress - Tunnel construction in Barcelona poses danger to La Sagrada Familia - Brief article


"Artists do not need monuments erected for them because their works are their monuments," wrote the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. However, some fear that a planned subway tunnel in Barcelona endangers La Sagrada Familia, the towering monument to Gaudi's idiosyncratic talent.

Gaudi's buildings--all in Spain--employ formal elements of the Gothic, flowing forms of art nouveau, and intricate tiled surfaces reminiscent of Byzantium. Fantastic and surreal, none is more Gaudiesque than Sagrada Familia. Gaudi worked on his signature work from 1884 until he died in 1926 after being run over by a streetcar. His remains are buried within the church. Construction continues today and may last another 30 years.

If subway builders have their...

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