The Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona’s most elegant avenue, is undergoing a renovation at the moment. Until now only the part of the so called “Jardinets de Gràcia” (the Passeig de Gràcia between the Diagonal street and Carrer Seneca) have been refurbished. All the old tiles have been removed and replaced by reproductions of the original hexagonal shaped tile designed by Antoni Gaudí in 1904.
The “Gaudí mosaic tile” is a magnificent example of the architect´s genius and his work, the convergence of two constants in his work: geometry and symbolism. The shape and the images of these tiles remind us of Gaudi´s thought, based on the meticulous observation of the forms and structures found in nature, «nature that has always been my master». The six-sided profile reminds us of honeycomb, turtle shells or perhaps crocodile skin, while the bas relief figures on the pavers, starfish, snails and seaweed, bring the sinuous movement of the sea to mind.
Daniel Giralt Miracle, Commissioner of the Gaudí International Year, once said: “Gaudí’s prodigious ability to see and combine shapes is once again revealed in this proposal that only works when seven hexagons are put together. Each of these hexagons shows only one-third of the symbols in a subtle bas-relief, and hence breaks with the tradition of having a square tile with a single decorative motif”.