Both images: details from the Passion (west) façade of Anton Gaudi's Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona, Spain. As Wikipedia says: " The Passion façade is especially striking for its spare, gaunt, tormented characters, including emaciated figures of Christ being flogged and on the crucifix. These controversial designs are the work of [late 20th-century Catalan sculptor, Josef Maria] Subirachs". Naturally I've taken a (little) bit of artistic licence in depicting the sculptures, but I've tried to render the poses faithfully.
At the time I was quite struck by the Cubist/Picasso-like form of the sculptures, as well as resemblance to the figures on Scott Sinclair's artwork for Hot Water Music, especially Caution. There's simultaneously something very cool and very expressionate about the geometric figures.
Pen and pencil: 1. June 2006; 2. June 2007.
Photographed in July 2004.