Orange you glad you visited.

“Orange offers emotional strength in difficult times. It helps us to bounce back from disappointments and despair, assisting in recovery from grief.  The color psychology of orange is optimistic and uplifting, and rejuvenating to our spirit.”

Orange is the color that stands for the Northern Irish Protestants and has very strong religious and political significance in the United Kingdom.  Orange has many hues and saffron is also a sacred and auspicious color in Hinduism.

In Barcelona Spain I visited the Sagrada Familia in which Gaudi used this color throughout the interior.  The picture is of the suspended figure of Jesus on the cross with hues of orange in the lights above and the light coming from the stained glass window.  The Sagrada Família is the unfinished masterpiece of Antoni Gaudí.  It is one of Barcelona’s most popular tourist attractions because construction on this church will continue for at least another decade.  Being one of Barcelona’s most important landmarks it changes each time you visit.  The outside is very intricate with different interpretations of the life of Jesus.  Gaudi chose the neo-Gothic style as his trademark and based the forms found in nature on the facade.  He died in 1926 and only completed the Nativity Facade and one tower.  Work on the cathedral slowed from 1926 to 1950 due to civil war.  Gaudi’s work was slow and if construction were to be the same as when this project was started, it was to take over 100 years to build.  Today’s technology now has it slated to be completed in 2026.

I was in awe as I took picture after picture of this magnificent work of art.  I spent almost a whole day exploring, taking a tour and snapping every picture I could get of Gaudi’s work.  There was many colors inside and much of the newest section had windows without the stained glass.  The ones in the older section used a lot of Orange, blue and green.  The colors were strategically placed to highlight different areas.  I did not make it up one of the 8 towers that currently stand tall, however, I would like to return when all 18 towers are completed.  It is the most awe inspiring building and work of art I have ever had the privilege of seeing in my lifetime.  Knowing the psychology of the color orange helps one realize that it was used to help people get over the sacrifice of Jesus and see the hope his death brought.