In order to get walkers down from the carpark exit from Park Güell a tourist superhighway is being constructed along what used to be a nostalgic dogshit alley. To enliven the concrete a Gaudí quote is repeated in languages starting with Arabic and ending with Catalan that "Everything comes from the great book of Nature." Unfortunately quality control has never been the strongest aspect of Barcelona Council's addiction to visionary plans, so the German version misplaces its ß:
ALLES KOMMT AUSßDEM GRO EN BUCH DER NATUR Antoni Gaudí
Observed yesterday on this walk. This symbolic attachment to unfamiliar characters reminds me of the fetishism of tree-huggers who embrace species without knowing their names or what makes them live or die. I'll try to snap the Japanese, Chinese, Hebrew and Arabic next time I'm up there to see if you can spot any surprises.
Labels: Ajuntament de Barcelona