Today is the second day for us to be in Spain. We began our day at El Soplao. El Soplao is a cave highlighting uniquely spectacular geological formation could only be found in five places in the whole wide world. El Soplao was originally used as a mining cave, and its geological value was not discovered until 1975. By following the minecart’s tracts we are inside the cave. Inside the cave there are countless stalactites which seem to grow defying gravity. The formation of this cave started about 240 million years ago during the Cretaceous period. By just looking at the stalactites, you would be breathless by the power of nature how nature is abled to create such grandiose formation with only calcium carbonate and water.
In the afternoon, we went to the Guggenheim Museum. It is a museum of modern and contemporary art designed by architect Frank O. Gehry. I am impressed by its outside structure. The curves on the exterior of the building were intended to appear random. It is made of titanium and glass, which shows the idea of future building. When we enter the museum, the strong contrast between limestone that used in classic museum and titanium that is a future material is amazing. We enjoyed some excellent painting of cubism and abstract expressionism. Cubism paining focuses on the illusion of perspective, breaking up and reforming. Early abstract expressionism uses dark color and negative emotion to reflect the dark time in which it arose. Post-abstract expressionism then use random line and figure to express passion feeling.
Lastly, the model “The matter of time” is an iron sculpture designed by Richard Serra. Some twisted surface but randomly in the museum but it still looks beautiful. They produce different effects on the movement and perception of the viewer. When I walked inside of them, it creates a dizzying feeling of space in motion.
Day 7 by Bill Wang and Eric Zhou