Gaudí was a celebrated Catalan architect noted for his innovative and whimsical use of shape, color and material. His first professional commission, at Güell Pavilions, included a wrought iron dragon gate (shown here), a reference to the Hesperides’ mythical garden.
In Greek mythology, a hundred-headed dragon named Ladon, along with three nymphs (the Hesperides), watches over the garden’s golden apples. In an attempt to steal one of the apples, Hercules defeats the dragon. It is suggested that Ladon inspired the name for the constellation Draco, which is near the constellation Hercules.
Around the fire pit at night, Rothwell says, the illuminated art piece and mounds create a symbolic scene of mountains and stars, “a projected landscape for contemplation,” she says.