The warriors of La Pedrera

Casa Milà, known worldwide as La Pedrera, is one of the most emblematic modernist buildings by the architect Antoni Gaudí, built between 1906 and 1910 in the Eixample district of Barcelona, ​​specifically, at number 92 on Passeig de Gràcia.

Jordi Möller shows one of the most popular elements of La Pedrera, “the modernist figures of the warriors”, which in this photograph shared in The Photos of the Readers of La Vanguardia, can be seen “under great castles of clouds”.

Precisely, the chimneys on the roof of Casa Milà are one of its most universal components. For example, the film director George Lucas was inspired by them for the design of the helmets of the imperial soldiers and the evil Darth Vader in the Star Wars saga.

Likewise, this iconographic element was chosen to make the statuettes for the Gaudí Awards of the Catalan Film Academy.

And the fact is that chimneys are one of the most famous and unique elements of the roof, to the point that there have been countless debates about their symbolism.

There are a total of 30 fireplaces, arranged in groups or individually, and scattered throughout the roof terrace of La Pedrera “

Built in ocher-colored mortar-plastered brick, they present a body that turns on itself in a helical shape, and finished off with a small dome that, in most cases, has a shape similar to a warrior’s helmet, although there are a few with different design.

Likewise, in one of the chimneys Gaudí placed a heart that points towards Reus, his birthplace, while on the other side a heart and a tear point towards the Sagrada Familia, a fact that some experts interpret as a sign of sadness for not being able to see it finished.

Some other chimneys show crosses, letters X and various other signs of Gaudí’s enigmatic symbolic universe.

The shape of the chimneys has been reproduced in numerous elements related to Gaudí, such as in the Roman soldiers of the Veronica group located on the Passion facade of the Sagrada Familia, which the sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs made in homage to the architect.

The warriors of La Pedrera under the castle of clouds. (Jordi Möller / JM)

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