Gaudí’s architectural jewel, Casa Batlló, celebrates the festival of Sant Jordi this year with a spectacular art installation in the form of a vertical garden. The patron saint of Catalunya will be honoured with a spectacular installation of more than 1,000 roses covering the balconies and the gallery of this magical UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along Passeig de Gràcia in front of the house, there will also be 2016 beautiful red roses available in exchange for a voluntary donation, with all proceeds going directly to the Arrels Foundation, a local charity for the homeless.
From early in the morning on Saturday 23rd you can visit the house and make your contribution to this very worthwhile cause—Sant Jordi this year is more than a just a rose #MésQueUnaRosa.
The legend of Sant Jordi is woven throughout Casa Batlló. From the dragon’s back that takes centre-stage on the roof with scales in the form of roof tiles, to the flower-shaped balcony on the top floor that evokes Cleodolina’s balcony from the tale, Saint George’s legacy is all around. On the lower floors, the dragon’s victims are visible in the skull-shaped balconies and pillars in the form of bones. In the lobby of the Batlló family´s private entrance, there is a staircase with a handrail that evokes the vertebrae of an animal, whilst in the attic the main hall of catenary arches gives you the feeling that you are inside the dragon’s ribcage.
#MésQueUnaRosa is a love story that aims to bring the legend of Sant Jordi directly to the public. Above all, it aims to publicise the problem of people living on the streets of Barcelona, in collaboration with the Arrels Foundation.
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