U2360° TOUR Leg 3: 2011

Sep
13
1997

Barcelona show - Wedding cake on acid.

13 September 1997
Barcelona show - Wedding cake on acid.
Barcelona show - Wedding cake on acid. Off on the Gaudi trail, God meets the surreallists.

Barcelona Olympic Stadium. Another beautiful stadium, in a city of beautiful buildings. I've been off on the Gaudi trail for the past couple of days. Park Guell, Sagrada Familiar and various houses. Gaudi was such an extraordinary architect, made all the more remarkable given the period of time when he was working. With Picasso, Miro and all, Bono remarked that there's a sense of surrealism built into the bones of this culture. Its a fabulous looking city.

The Sagrada Familiar - Gaudi's Cathedral - is the most remarkable of all. Like a huge Gothic edifice busy morphing into a surrealist birthday cake. Pop coloured ceramics, giant statues of assorted sea creatures hanging off the exterior faces, broken wine bottle mosaics, text woven into the walls,columns topped with baskets of fruit. And its a house of God! The photographs in the museum show Gaudi explaining what he was doing to the various bishops, etc. The other men in the pictures are wearing straw boaters and blazers and the women are in floor length black dresses with bussles, (it was 1896).

I'd love to have been at that meeting. Can you imagine?..."so, Your Excellency, what I'm going for is this kind of wedding-cake-on-acid feel, with big stone frogs and there's going to be these giant pink bobbly bits on the top..."

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