Gehry’s Sphere (Esfera) Sculpture and Mapfre Tower Building at Port Olimpic, Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain)
Frank Gehry is one of the world’s most influential architects. He’ s edgy, astonishing, and the antithesis of ordinary. Take a look at some of his work ~ the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA.
Ephraim Goldberg’s ( aka Frank Gehry) grandmother was his earliest influence. Together they built imaginary cities with woodshavings scavenged from his grandfather’s hardware store.
The Goldberg’s had a carp that swam around in the bathtub on Friday nights. And they always had gefilte fish for Sabbath dinner. Seems like the humble architect never lost his taste for fish. Gehry used fish motifs in many of his designs. “I never intended to build fish,” Gehry says, “In my mind, I say ‘Enough with the fish.’ But it has a life of its own.”
Gehry has a fondness for the aquatic. In the yacht harbor in Barcelona, I saw a Gehry-designed leviathan ~ a bronze whale sculpture at the port’s entrance. It’s made out of stone, steel and glass and is a whimsical eye-catcher with its shiny metal plates that change color depending on the sun.
Gehry works on the smaller stuff, too ~
……and SuperLight chairs made from aluminum. Can you say 6 pounds?..
Gehry’s latest project? Two words ~ Facebook Headquarters.
Gehry is Mark Zuckerberg’s go-to guy, the one who will create the largest open floor plan in the world.
FB is awash with trailblazers and pioneers. The starchitect should feel right at home.