Essay about Architect of the Modern Age

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Frank Gehry is a world renowned architect known for several important buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. He was born in Toronto Canada February 28, 1929 but moved with his family to Los Angeles, California in 1947(1). Gehry attended the University of Southern California and graduated in 1954 with a degree in architecture (1). In 1962, he established his own architectural firm in 1962 now called Gehry Partners, LLP (1). In the beginning, Gehry used the International Style of architecture (1) but it did not suit him well because those type of building had a stark, unornamented appearance so over time he was able to create his own style that greatly contrasts with the International Style. To art …show more content…
The exhibition area is 11,000 square meters distributed among 20 galleries (4). Ten of the galleries have an orthogonal plan and have the exterior limestone walls and the other nine galleries are irregularly designed and have the exterior titanium walls (4). The last gallery is the largest at 3900 square meters which now houses the largest sculpture commission in history, Richard Serra's The Matter of Time. The creation of this construction was made possible by the use of the technologically advanced 3D design computer program called Catia (5). This program significantly assisted Gehry in modeling the Guggenheim so that he would not have any future problems in construction. Critics of the Guggenheim feel that although the museum is iconic it fails as a public place because it does not reflect and support the civilization, culture and finances of Bilbao (6). Nevertheless, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is the zenith of Gehry’s architectural career.
Another masterpiece of Gehry is the Walt Disney Concert Hall located in Los Angeles. It is located on a historically (Bunker Hill) and culturally prominent downtown site adjoining the existing Music Center of Los Angeles (7). It all started in 1987 when the late Lillian Disney, wife of the late Walt Disney, made an initial contribution of $50 million to build a first-class performance venue as a gift to the people of Los Angeles and as homage to Walt Disney's zeal to the arts (8). Over time many…