Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia is a church full of mysteries and wonders. Seeing it grow, knowing that building began over a century ago, I greatly admire Gaudí and his following architects, who are bringing this very unique church to life – and won’t give in, no matter the effort.
Still unfinished, I always tried to imagine what it would look like when finally the last stone is set. Unlike Gaudí, who knew that he would never see his church finished, we have only to wait for another ten years to see it towering over Barcelona.
I’d been using the 3Doodler for about a year, when the idea arose to not only recreate the half finished church, but to complete Gaudi´s work – at a miniature scale, of course. As an artist, I liked the idea of diving into Gaudí’s idea of architecture and art by going through the creative process of re-building it, researching every detail that I could lay my hands upon.
Following detailed research on plans, drawings, photos, floor plans and photographs, I began to lay out my own plans. I drew stencils, counted heights and relations, looked up proportions and scaled them. I tried different ways to recreate the parabolic form of the towers, using hot air and wooden moulds.
With the 3Doodler it was possible to mimic the different surfaces of the church; I made flat pieces, 3-dimensional decoration, and assembled everything – needing no other tool than the 3Doodler (and a hot air gun). It's a modelling tool, a pen, a brush, glue, paint and modelling material – all in one. I don’t know any other tool that can do this!
I admire how everything in the Sagrada Familia is planned, how stories are told by architecture, how nature, architecture and religion co-exist, creating an absolutely perfect whole that matches in every way possible.