Gaudí’s famous 1906 building in Barcelona became the first UNESCO World Heritage site to make its way into digital art, donating 10% of proceeds to neurodiversity foundations
“Casa Batlló: Living Architecture” that it’obstetric work Huge inspired by the iconic Casa Batlló facade, created by Turkish-American artist and director Refik Anadol as the highlight of Christie’s auction at Rockefeller Plaza in New York on May 10, 2022.
Casa Batlló: Living Architecture (Estimate: $1 million – $2 million) This is the only NFT Which will be presented as part of Christie’s 5-day series. The artwork “Casa Batlló: Living Architecture” is the first – in a UNESCO World Heritage site – to take the form of a living (continually changing) NFT. 10% of proceeds from the sale of this unique piece will be donated to foundations Associació Aprenem Autisme and Fundació Adana. “Casa Batlló: Living Architecture,” a massive, multisensory experience, will be installed outdoors at Rockefeller Plaza during Christie’s 20th/21st Century Marquee Week starting April 30, as well as through a map show and exhibition at Casa Batlló in Barcelona in May 7, three days before the auction.
Exactly one year ago, Casa Batlló launched his new tour Engaging and award-winning Gaudí’s masterpiece, envisioned as a journey – with an exclusive audio clip, audio story, installations and digital rooms – redefines the museum experience and connects to a new and younger audience from around the world. In the grand finale of the museum tour, Casa Batlló Refik Anadol commissioned “In the Mind of Gaudí,” which will be carried out in the world’s first six-wall LED cube room, a 360-degree experience with visual sculptures within a screen space erected in the building’s basement, for immediate success. “Casa Batlló: Living Architecture” will bring this Gaudí facade to center stage in our collective cultural memory and establish its place in the digital space of this historic sale.
Casa Batlló is a masterpiece by Gaudí, one of the greatest architects of all time, was created in its heyday. Designed in her artistic maturity and complete creative freedom, Casa Batlló is a eulogy of happiness, a marine-inspired palette and a dream world that evokes nature and imagination. Its facade is the gateway to this symbolic universe and its contemplation inspires feelings that constantly interact with the light and color in the background. Its amazing nature does not leave anyone indifferent and makes passers-by stop to look at it at any time of the day. Full of life and nautical, it has involuntary sculptures, recycled materials and non-contextual objects that turn it into art.
Historic Neurodiversity AuctionCasa Batlló is committed to seeking the integration and diversity of workers. Since the beginning of 2021, he has had a full neurologically branched Visitor Assistance team of more than 50 people (with autism, dyslexia, dyslexia, ADHD, etc.), thanks to a strategic alliance with the social organization Specialisterne. Therefore, the artist will donate a portion of the auction proceeds to two local foundations that specialize in global care and family support for people with neurological disparity: the Aprinim Autism Association and the Adana Foundation. The association annually engages more than 6000 people working towards integrating people with autism through the Family Assistance Program and the Foundation provides ongoing care for more than 900 children and youth, from early diagnosis to treatment plan.
Anatolia Companion (born 1985, Istanbul, Turkey) is a media artist, filmmaker, and pioneer in data aesthetics and artificial intelligence. His work places creativity at the intersection of man and machine. Taking data around us as the underlying material and the neural network of a computerized mind as a collaborator, Anadol paints with a thinking brush, giving us radical visualizations of our digital memories and expanding the possibilities of architecture, narrative, and body in motion.