I have been asked to do a ceiling painting for the “comedor” (dining room) of an apartment in Barcelona. Since it is in a late-19th-century building and located near Gaudi’s La Pedrera, I decided to go for an Art Nouveau look. I created an octopus crossed with an artichoke (the “alcapulpo”) and started working with that design. The goal was to create an image that would serve as a border delineating the space of the comedor.
At first, in my enthusiasm, I made the alcapulpo enormous:
I was reminded several times that this was supposed to be a border around the room and not an aquatic rendition of the Sistine Chapel. I revised by sketch and halfed the size of the design, ultimately resulting in this:
There will be four alcapulpos in the space, one in each corner. They are each 140 x 100 cm, covering a total surface of 280 x 200 cm. The colors above are exaggerated and do not represent the final color choices for the design. The colors will ultimately match the colors of the original 19th-century tiles on the floor, creating spatial harmony.