My goodness, are those a part of this structure? They look like something out of a Pink Floyd nightmare.
If I remember correctly, these are the controversial Passion Facade sculptures of Josep Maria Subirachs, who is not a contemporary of Gaudi. Some people decry his work as overly abstract and modernistic. I agree, but....
A modernist interpretation of the Passion is so fitting, for it will be emblematic to future generations the painful passion of modernism that plagued the Church in the 20th and 21st centuries. Probably a reading unintended by the sculptor - maybe even a stretch - but an appropriate one.
Now I just hope that his interpretation of the Ascension is a little bit (or a lot) less stark. Or that he is replaced with another sculptor.
Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.
Jesus, Mary, Joseph
If you don't like the Passion Facade (and you have every right not to), enter through the east doors.
See post 17 for more worthless thoughts.