The Origin of Originality

April 12, 2018 By

The Origin of Originality

Originality consists in returning to the origin. – Antoni Gaudi

Antoni Gaudi again. The Barcelona architect informing my European handquote project in Montpellier, France.

For Gaudi, creativity, nature, and faith were woven integrally into everything he did and who he was. So for him, Origin would be the Creator, and he saw himself as a collaborator with the Creator. His originality came from the Origin and he looked to the laws of nature for divine inspiration.

It is a beautiful connection that he makes to himself as creative inspired by the creations of the Creator. Drawing from nature, he discovers laws that define and dictate the works he puts out into the world. Those works have held a significant place among those who commissioned him and all those who’ve had the opportunity to witness or experience his work.

Another interesting quote that supports the previous is a reference to God as his client. Regarding his most famous masterwork, the Sagrada Familia temple, which started in 1882 and is still continuing to be built today, he knew he would not complete it before his death. That was okay with him because…

My client is in no hurry. God has all the time in the world.

How many of us can say the same or have the same calm attitude that our work will come together when the time is right, even if it beyond our own lifetime? Interesting ideas to ponder.