Frank Gehry: A Thrilling Juxtaposition of Art and Architecture
Frank Gehry changed the way people see the world. His architecture professor stated, “Frank, this isn’t for you,” after he completed his second year of architecture school at the University of Southern California (Pollack). Gehry did not fit the habitual mold of an architecture student in the twentieth century. After persevering in the studies of his many interests by continuing the study of architecture in college at the University of Southern California and not falling to the doubts of his peers, Gehry’s revolutionary form of thinking transformed the once monotonous styles of global architecture into the now art-like constructions that surround us every day. He neglected the common notion that originality belongs within, while conformity and conventionality belong on the outside as he brought the art to the exterior of his designs and constructions through the use of innovative materials such as titanium and his ability to move from geometric shapes to flowing contours. Specifically, the museums that Gehry has designed have revolutionized the way that the modern museum is considered and has arisen much debate, as well, as to what a museum should entail and how they should be constructed.
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, known for its display of the “gestural quality of Gehry’s sketches,” is a work of art of its own (Pollack). But some feel that “museum architecture too often becomes the real art work overshadowing what’s inside” (Shiner). Gehry did not care about the critics and non-believers’ doubts, and instead pushed himself to continue using his previously unheard-of materials and out-of-the-box designs in order to rise to architectural fame. Because of Gehry’s brazen museum architectural designs, he has changed the idea that art only belongs on the inside of the museum, and has expressed his imagination on the exterior as well. He has done this in every facet of his career since he began as an architect in the early 1950’s, enhancing and reinventing the styles of modern homes, concert halls, and institutional architecture throughout.
Gehry revolutionized architecture by using normally structural materials, such as metals, in order to form the exteriors of his buildings. One of his most famous constructions of all time, the 187 foot-tall Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao Spain, opened in 1997 perfectly exemplifies this trait through the use of titanium of the exterior of the building. An architecture article speaks of the Guggenheim’s aesthetically-pleasing exterior saying, “The finish of the approximately 33,000 extremely thin titanium sheets provides a rough and organic effect, adding to the material's color changes depending on the weather and light conditions” (NPR). Gehry brings life to his buildings by utilizing the surrounding “weather and light conditions” which create an ever-changing contour that furthers the mobile, organic effect of the building. An...