Greetings from the Big Apple: It. Is. Spring!
Sherry Hayslip Talks Coffee Tables with Park Cities People
2013 ASID Design Ovation Awards: It was Our Night!
Greetings from the Big Apple: The Importance of Culinary Aesthetics
Friday Flowers - Tulipmania
The Spring Fling Continues
Spring Has Sprung...
Greetings from the Big Apple: Or in this Case, Los Angeles
Color Essay: I've Got the Blues
For Your Valentines Pleasure: A Fantasy Dinner for Two…
Dallas… Modern… Luxury…
New York State of Mind
Greetings from the Big Apple: Ghosts of Christmas Past
Peace at Christmas and Throughout the Year
If Life were a Color...
While the Cat’s Away, the Mice will Play
Design Dialog: Dressing Room Reveal
Design Dialog: Watch for the Big Reveal
Hayslip Design Associates and The Crystal Charity Ball
Design Dialog: Peyton’s Closet is Almost Done
Design Dialog: A Sneak Peek in Park Cities People
Design Dialog: Room Envy
Greetings from the Big Apple: Frankenstorm
Greetings from the Big Apple: How I spend My Days in Class
Design Dialog: Color
Greetings from the Big Apple: Coffee Talk and Baby-Doll Heads
Design Dialog: Confessions of a Lapsed Decorating Mother
Greetings from the Big Apple: How a College Kid Eats in the New Millennium
Design Dialog: What About Fabrics
Design Dialog: Words, Words, Words...
The Painted Desert: The Enduring Appeal of Santa Fe
Bienvenue ŕ Dallas: This Style Scout May Have Found Her Calling
Design Dialog: The Duchess is a Diva
Design Dialog: The Chair has Arrived!
Greetings from the Big Apple: NYU Redux
Design Dialog: First, Step Lightly…
Hayslip Design Associates Visits Les Mettaliers Champenois: Why Cross the Pond When You Can Just Cross a Bridge
Design Dialog: Anxiety Over a Chair
Hayslip Design Associates visits Nanz Hardware: Classic and Well Made Always Fit
Design Dialog: It's All in the Planning
Design Dialog: Converting a Room to a Closet
Hayslip Design Associates visits Remains Lighting: or What Beautiful Things Come from Dumpster Diving in Brooklyn, NY
Design Dialog: My mother has a new client... And it’s me!
Hayslip Design Associates visits P.E. Guerin: A Treasure Chest in Greenwich Village
Design Dialog: Taking on a New Client
Coming Soon: A New Blog Series
Let the Games Begin
Summer in the City - Hayslip Design Associates hits New York
Happy Fourth of July
Martha Says "It's a Good Thing"
Ode to Summertime
Million Dollar Furniture
Memories of Morocco: A Day Trip to Fes
Memories of Morocco: Le Jardin Majorelle
Memories of Morocco: The Hidden and Not-So-Hidden Treasures of Marrakech
Obscenely Beautiful Things – A Small Update
Home Again... Dallas in Bloom
The Family who Wanders Together...
Trend Setting: All Aboard the Marrakech Express
Obscenely Beautiful Things
21st Century Homes
The Enduring Appeal of Chinoiserie
The Art of the Room
The Color of Love...
Love is the Answer...
Living Large in Small Spaces
Greetings from the Big Apple (and farewell Big D): Beginning a Collection
La Mode de Gaultier
Casa View Elementary School
Out with the old (soon enough)...
My Christmas Wish to You
Greetings from the Big Apple: Window Shopping in a Winter Wonderland
Greetings from the Big Apple: I confess... I’m a Pack Rat
My bags are packed, I'm ready to go...
Greetings from the Big Apple: The Blank Canvas of a Dorm Room
Bienvenue ŕ Paris: Shakespeare & Company
Spooktacular Skulls: The Trend of Skulls in Fashion and Design
Bienvenue a Paris: Lost in Paris
What a Girl Wants: Or Are Great Closets Better than Sex?
Bienvenue a Dallas: The Latest from Kitty Stuart
Bienvenue a Paris and Life without A/C
Introducing Our Style Scouts
Black is the New Black
Thighs and Other Thoughts
How to Turn Your Home into a Piggy Bank... or at Least a Star!
A little love from our friends at D Home...
Born to the Purple
A Glimpse of Things to Come
My Talented Staff II
Happiness on Any Scale
Sherry's Blog featured on DG's Online Editorial
2011 TX ASID Design Ovation Awards
The Meaning of Love...
Blanc des Blancs
The Moon and Other Jewels
New things are blooming on Armstrong Pkwy.
Dwell with Dignity
Another Dip in the Gene Pool
A Little Link-Love
Mudejar en vogue
Spain Part 2 - Madrid, Segovia, Toledo, and Avila
The Artistry of Daniel Ost
Happy Valentine's Day
Jamaica Has Never Been Lovelier
Working in a Winter Wonderland
Imagine my Surprise...
Tested: How Twelve Wrongly Imprisoned Men Held onto Hope
In New York for Antiques Week
D Home - Best Designers 2011
My Christmas Wish to You
My talented staff
New Classical in Dallas
Kudos for the Gene Pool
Our winning kitchen is featured on DesignGuide's blog!
John Bunker Sands Wetlands Center
Trip Wrap Up
A Winning Week
How to Vacation in Architectural Bliss
Ode to Thatch
Smith, Ekblad and Associates: Architects and Engineers
Still More Design Riches (Part IV)
The Design Riches Continue (Part III)
Feminine and Fanciful
So the week ended
A Week of Wonders
Sherry is featured in Dallas Modern Luxury
A Little Touch of the Doge's Palace
More Design Riches (Part II)
A Year of Design Riches
Sherry Hayslip quoted in the Dallas Morning News
Asian Jazz and Friendship
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It's Coming Together
2010 Legacy of Design Awards
The House as Mirror of Self
A Weekend in Three Acts: Act 3
A Weekend in Three Acts: Act 2
a la Michelangelo...
A Weekend, in Three Acts
The Joy of Mindless Reverie
A Passion for Paper Art
Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera
Rubbing Shoulders with History
It all began with Cole
Un Petit Symposium
How to put in words a response so emotional, so tender, so shocked?
When viewed from the front, the unfinished work by Antoni Gaudi, The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (often called simply Sagrada Familia), looks futuristic with a dash of Byzantium and massive infusions of Gaudi’s iconic spirals, twistings, textures, figures... a mixture of materials and ideas. Towers, part of the apostle series more of which will ultimately be added along with the future dominating Jesus and Mary spires, can be seen from everywhere in Barcelona.
This front facade tells the story of Jesus' birth. The carvings create a visual history of the biblical story. Every element has meaning, either obvious or subtle and the effect is much like a traditional church as interpreted through the mind of a uniquely talented and creative artist.
The back facade contrasts dramatically with the front. Austere and angular, this side focuses on the death and resurrection of Jesus. Almost painful in its brutal but simple forms, Gaudi here offers a blanker palette for the sculptor, Josep Maria Subirachs, to use as a setting for these bleak yet beautiful figures. Subirachs created a visual history with his carved figures much in the tradition of medieval times, but in an acutely modern format.
I especially liked the doors which were forged with words from the Bible in various languages including Catalan... every time Jesus’ name appeared it was gilded but all other wording was a fine blue green bronze color of the weathered metal.
As fascinated as I was by the exterior of this building, nothing could have prepared me for the interior. I have never experienced such awe on entering a space with the possible exception of the Pantheon which continues to be the most significant architectural work I have yet encountered.
But this church, so largely the work of a single man, is like nothing I have ever seen. We entered a few minutes before sunset and so were able to witness the play of light through various openings and the reflections created from the changing position of the sun. The organ, just completed was being tested so music, majestic music, permeated our experience.
An unfinished work, Gaudi dedicated the last years of his life to this endeavor, actually living in the church’s crypt, working there without ceasing...with no family, no life other than incessant toil on this, his masterpiece. Pope Benedict XVI will consecrate and proclaim the church a basilica in November 2010 and there is no apparent way it will be finished although hundreds of craftsmen are working around the clock to be ready for His Holiness. When we were there, there was much pounding, heavy equipment, fences, piles of marble, as yet unlaid, for the floors. Our guide, Ingo Kühlmann, who is a member of the committee which supports the church, seemed sanguine about the essential elements being completed in time. I hope the world can see the Pope blessing it... and for sure see it more finished.
Of course it will be some years yet before all the towers are added and Gaudi's vision for Sagrada Familia is totally complete.
Yet, I wonder if it will ever be as beautiful as the moment we saw it? Cream colored stone columns, simple and strong, shooting up what seemed a hundred feet with light colored by its trip through stained glass glazing each flute. There was a misty haze (marble dust caught in the raking sunlight perhaps) that enveloped the altar yet elements of it sparkled like gems as various reflective edges were grazed by the setting sun.
As a contrast to the heavily ornamented front facade and the stark and angular back facade, the interior was free of fussiness; instead it undulated with flowing stucco forms and gleamed with white mosaic tiles which paved various elements... everything was white on cream with a soft stone color for the floor. The lights were like crystal eyes embedded in the flowing forms of the white ceiling.
If I sound too sentimental or overly romantic about this edifice it is because I am a known hopeless cause in the presence of such beauty. It is probably unnecessary to say that my eyes were wet; the story of Gaudi's dedication combined with the unexpected elegance of the church confounded me.