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Sagrada Familia


Barcelona, Spain


Fun Facts:

  • Construction began in 1882, and is estimated that it will be finished in 2026.
  • Antoni Gaudi, the architect of the church, is buried in the church, after being hit by a tram in 1926
  • Gaudi believed things should be built to resemble nature, so while most buildings have straight lines, the Sagrada Familia (as well as his other buildings) are more about curves and arches
  • Once completed, it will be the tallest religious building in the world
  • Gaudi believed that no man-made object should eclipse the work of God, so the tallest tower was constructed to be 1 meter shorter than Montjuïc hill, the highest point in Barcelona
  • It was built to be seen from all points of the city. It has glass mosaics at its highest points, which when reflected by sun or moonlight act as beacons to guide seafarers home
  • When asked why he was making the tops of the spires so elaborate when no one would see them, Gaudi answered that the angels would see them

Process And Size Guidelines

I handcraft each piece in my home studio, located just outside of Kansas City, MO.

Most of the photos I use were taken by me on my travels near and far.    I review each photo, looking for striking colors and strong structural elements.    If you think of the entire design as a pie, I am looking for a perfect “slice” of pie within the picture.  Once I find it, the slice is mirrored and repeated in a circular fashion to create the whole pie, i.e. the kaleidoscopic design.


The design then is printed multiple times onto photo paper and I hand cut different elements from each copy of the design with scissors (yes, scissors!). After the cutting is done, I reassemble the pieces into tiered layers separated by foam core, creating the unique three-dimensional kaleidoscopic effect.  Finally, I mount the piece onto mat board and frame it in a shadow box, adding a small copy of the original photo to the piece.



Each design is available in multiple sizes.  The larger the piece, the more layers the design will have, which gives you even greater depth and dimension.  The larger size also allows for more intricate cutting, providing more texture and more "wow"!


Outside Dimensions Inside Dimensions Frame Color
9.75" x 9.75" x 2" 9" x 9" x 1.5" Black
13.5" x 13.5" x 2.75" 12" x 12" x 2.25" Black
18.5" x 18.5" x 4" 16" x 16" x 3" Custom made reclaimed cedar with museum quality plexiglass front