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Monday, June 22, 2009

The Getty Museum - the new Acropolis ??

Imagine a hilltop that overlooks a large city...a complex of buildings that celebrate the culture of the time..

Is it Athens and the Acropolis or Los Angeles and the Getty Museum?


How obtain the ideal commission. No budget, an amazing site.


On first viewing the Getty opens up after your tram ride up the hill. A grand staircase to the entry plaza comes into view. You get a glimpse of the complex. How many buildings? What is the organization? There is a unity of materials and order.

Okay, Richard Meier has always been one of my heroes, but he surpassed himself on this project. The landscape is remarkable...thankfully they let a talented artist take command of the exterior gardens. It is a surprise and a delight!

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