Sunday, June 19, 2011
Today’s Steampunk Travelogue is intriguing for a numbers unique reasons. First, today’s sim, the Antoni Gaudi Park (Parc Guell), is based not only a real location, but based on a legendary RL architect, Antoni Gaudi (I’ve linked his biographical Wiki here – its an amazing story, but too long even for the Tribune)! Not only was he prominent towards the latter portion of the Steampunk era, but his signature works (yes, including the Sagrada Familia – another amazing story), have a distinctive and stunning look which set it apart from the better know styles of Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, and other styles of the time. Finally, the entire build is not located on the ground, but in a well done skybox – floating rocks to be exact.
Its Catalan Modernism look isn’t what the majority of people involved with Steampunk may recognize, but as influential and innovative design, it reflects the experimental and unique flavor of Steampunk – in either world!
I did chuckle at the somewhat sideways compliment when I saw the sim floating on top of a set of boulders – seemed as if it was a complement to another Catalan great, Salvador Dali! Also, if one becomes enamored of the build, at the entrance of the park, there are two small endeavors – a Gaudi museum, and a store, selling copies of parts of the sim. Some of them can be primmy, but then again, its art – so you’ll have to sacrifice something!
I most certainly recommend a trip to Parc Guell, and indulge it its unique Steampunk design! To pay a visit, do head over it, via: http://slurl.com/secondlife/atlantis%20world/218/97/354/
To learn more and see more about the Parc Guell, please visit:
The Parc’s Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Park_G%C3%BCell
UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention Site: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/320
Great Buildings Online: http://www.greatbuildings.com/buildings/Park_Guell.html
The Gaudi Club: http://www.gaudiclub.com/ingles/i_vida/park.htm
Barcelona.com’s website: http://www.barcelona.com/barcelona_directory/monuments/park_guell
… and as an extra bonus, a trip to the RL Parc Guell, from the kind people at Tourvideos.com!