What do you do when you’re in the middle of a big redevelopment plan and suddenly discover, what is effectively a lost city underneath an old demolished market square? You immediately halt building, cease and desist. Then of course you think about it for awhile and hold an architectural competition and get some good intelligent people to help figure out for you what in the hell to do. Yep, well that’s what happened in in Seville Spain and the resultant structure is a masterful work of art by the German architect and artist Jürgen Mayer, thus the Metropol Parasol.
This wonderfully undulating and sculptural pavilion, organic, geometric, snakelike mushrooms… how’s that for a whole mouthful of tumbling words. If you couldn’t figure out clearly we are huge fans of the design, not that they really resemble fans. What’s more amazing is that it is all, for most purposes made entirely of wood, becoming, we believe still the worlds largest wooden structure.
We’re going to forget the total nightmare that actually consumed the whole of the project during construction, suffice to say that if it we’re so beautiful and hadn’t become such an icon for Seville, it might have gone down as one of the biggest architectural follies of all time, you can follow the whole story through the Wikipedia entry. Although, not sure if art and artistry can have a price per se, cost and time over runs, yes, but human expression, priceless.