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Gehry Flips Off Critics in Spain

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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Renowned architect Frank Gehry has a middle finger for his critics, according to various reports.

The 85-year-old Canadian-American designer recently "flipped the bird" to a reporter and made some uncouth remarks at a press conference before receiving a prestigious prize from King Felipe VI in Oviedo, Spain, reports said.

Frank Gehry Guggenheim Bilbao
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Frank Gehry's many high-profile works worldwide include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

The gesture, seen here, apparently came in response to a question asked about whether his built work was based on spectacle.

Modern Architecture is $@&*

The oft-critiqued, award-winning architect then made the following comment regarding most modern architecture.

“Let me tell you one thing,” said Gehry, according to The Guardian. “In this world we are living in, 98 percent of everything that is built and designed today is pure s**t.”

“There’s no sense of design, no respect for humanity or for anything else. They are damn buildings and that’s it.

“Once in a while, however, a group of people do something special. Very few, but God, leave us alone.”

Later, the architect apologized, blaming jet lag for the blowup and saying that the reporter caught him at a “bad moment,” reports relate.

About Gehry

Gehry has designed many high-profile works around the world, such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the new Louis Vuitton Foundation arts center in Paris.

His unpopular design for the Eisenhower Memorial in Washington D.C., has just been approved for construction after years of controversy and reworking.

In 1989, the architect won one of the profession’s most prestigious honors—the Pritzker Architecture Prize.


Tagged categories: Aesthetics; Architects; Architecture; Color + Design; Design; Designers; Europe; Frank Gehry; Modernism; North America

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (10/29/2014, 8:33 AM)

His original design for the Eisenhower Memorial was overcrowded. Consolidating down to a single "tapestry" at the back improved it immensely. It would be even better if those remaining spare columns were removed. They serve no purpose with the view-blocking tapestries gone and are not in any way aesthetically pleasing. I do note some pretty visible rust or staining in the Guggenheim photo - top edge of the middle/right section. Titanium cladding shouldn't be showing any corrosion, so I wonder if iron support elements are corroding. If I recall correctly, potential for crevice corrosion and difficulty in cleaning has been a major concern for the "tapestry" elements of the Eisenhower design. Seeing that level of corrosion/staining on Guggenheim Bilbao, despite the very expensive choice of titanium cladding supports the question of corrosion on Eisenhower.

Comment from peter gibson, (10/29/2014, 10:35 AM)

Architects are creative types....corrosion does not enter their thinking and is the last thing on their minds.

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