21st CENTURY ART, C.E.- B.C.
"...the geometry is the light..."
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
You saw it first on TV, you
didn't catch the country,
but saw the gigantic prow, the stack of
cylindrical forms, the reflections
and the light.
have been the opening, or the pre-opening
promo, you didn't listen very
but it did seem to resemble it's older
have walked round and round going down on
going down past the art in the quiet well.
But this was more
than that: the shimmer,
the glow. The sound
Where is Bilbao?
The Basques? O,
it's Spain, not Basqueland.
There was trouble there some
The Basque regional government, Autonomous Basque
Basque Country --
they call themselves various things
want cultural prestige, and are willing to gamble
million dollars, theirs and others,
to get it. You study the story in
the Architectural Record:
The Basques persuade Guggenheim and
who engages CAITA the computer,
and a formidable conceptual
enterprise -- of
boats and blossoms, of sheer sided walls,
crowns and prows, sleekness and sheerness,
reactors and rotundas, shapes of
hulls and umbrellas, shapes of
corners and pinched curves, bellying
and multileveled -- manifests. It sits on
the Nervion River
being no color, every color,
like a hummingbird
-- irridescent --
for its patterned skin is titanium:
silver, gold, blue, brown, the color of sunlight and
the color of the water and the sky,
the color of buildings
the color of convex and concave, the color of repetition,
of coherence and
rearing dreams on the
river, heaving dreams
up from industrial dirt,
turning geometry into light.
And you've only seen
of Museo Guggenheim Bilbao,
Bilbao, Spain, built by the
Guggenheim, Gehrey, et al
...the geometry is the light...
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is already on many Websites, it will
undoubtedly become one of the most famous buildings in the world.
If you're not familiar with this extraordinary work, shimmering in its
rectangularly patterned titanium skin,
seven other views of the Bilbao Guggenheim, and a brief tour of Frank
Gehry's Work, starting with his design for a Concert
Hall and Hotel in Los Angeles.
Architectual Record also had an excellent history of the project in their
October, 1997 issue.
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