Architecture And Architecture : Architect Frank Gehry

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When asked to state a preferred sculptural work, few seldom answer in terms of architecture. Usually, when the term architecture is brought up, those of us who are non-architects tend to close mindedly think only about buildings. This apparent disconnect between what is conceived as architecture and what is conceived as art has long plagued the architects of this world. It is almost as if there is an accepted notion that architects can be artists, but artists simply cannot be architects which decidedly makes architecture first and foremost architecture, not art. Architect Frank Gehry is one such architect with artistic tendencies whose works have fallen victim to the preconceived ideas of architecture as art. Having a love for sculpture before entering into the world of architecture, it makes sense that Gehry would attempt to conceive works where both of his passions could shine through. Ultimately, this is what would motivate Gehry to create structures in which art and architecture could be seen as equals. In the end, however, Gehry’s goal of designing buildings where art and architecture were of the same importance would eventually become a self-contradictory objective. This can best be seen in the design of Gehry’s most renowned work, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. By attempting to combine the most interesting aspects of art and architecture into one massive building, Gehry created a structure so revolutionary that it, like himself, would forever be known not
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