Frank Gehry’s work brought to life.

March 19, 2009

I recently bought my Dad a fantastic book. It’s simply called ‘Frank Gehry in Pop-Up’ and is a stunning book that shows some of his awesome designs rendered in 3D.

A thing of beauty

A thing of beauty

Gehry is rightly famous for some outrageous designs that are a part of our modern landscape. Buildings like the titanium-covered Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Dancing House in Prague and the Experience Music Project in Seattle. Each of the buildings serves not only its functional purpose, but each of them also acts as a focal point for the landscape (or cityscape) to offer the viewer something that initially looks out of place, yet ultimately seems so fitting. You can see images of these three below (not, unfortunately, in pop-up form).

Guggenheim Mueum, Bilbao

Guggenheim Mueum, Bilbao

The Dancing House, Prague

The Dancing House, Prague

Experience Music Project, Seattle

Experience Music Project, Seattle

The main reason I bought my Dad the book is that he’s an architect, and I figured he’d enjoy seeing how they’d recreated Gehry’s designs using paper and card.
But the unexpected bonus was that it enabled my dad to explain to my daughter (who is 5) what he does for a living, and to show how structures work. I’m sure he’d be delighted to get a budget approaching the ones that Mr Gehry gets to work with. But, until then, he can content himself with a beautifully produced book that goes some way to showing the complexities of building in the modern age, and just what can be achieved when you get it spot on.
The book is sensational, and is by Jinny Johnson. It’s a real labour of love.
Learn more about the hugely talented Frank Owen Gehry here and buy the book, through Amazon, here.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: