Saturday, September 6, 2008

Frank Gehry Valedictory Contribution: Art Gallery of Ontario

The ever known architect, Frank Gehry, known for subversive and edgy designs hit back his town with a major stupendous commission worth $217 million, one of the largest museum in North America located in Canada: Art Gallery of Ontario.

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) was redesigned head over heels, commissioned to Frank Gehry under four years and flagged with modern materials. The institution will have a subtle touch of Gehry's wild geometrical approach while preserving the spirit of the vast museum. From 486,000 to 583,000 square meters, the museum will house artworks from 100 A.D. to the contemporary era not to mention that the museum holds the largest collection of British sculptor, Henry Moore.
Much of the design soars upward to preserve the museum's footprint. The museum is timed to reopen on November 14.

Frank Gehry feels nostalgic in this project for he spent most of his childhood
Frank Gehry claims:

"The Art Gallery of Ontario is where I first experienced art as a child and it was Grange Park where I played, so this project means a great deal to me. The building we envision will connect the city and its people to great art and art experiences."

For we are pretty much aware that museums drags up the economy or at least earn diplomacy, like Gehry claims:

"Throughout history, the buildings that define a city are the public ones, Museums are important pieces of our culture, so they deserve to have an iconic presence.”

Frank Gehry is partly an exemplary of architecture metaphor and partly a figure of subversive ideas towards building solution. His works are exhibited in major museums throughout the world, part of it caught the heart of his avid audience while part of it are ill-criticized.

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