L.A. Shorts: The Phantom

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On previous visits to Los Angeles, I had only driven by the Walt Disney Concert Hall at night, and each time it reminded me of a shimmering phantom ship rising above an urban ocean. This time, on foot and during the day, it had the same fantastic effect, fitting for a building that bears the name of Disney. The architecture is a flawless wonder, tricking the eye into constant motion, making it difficult to rest on one spot. It is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and designed by Frank Gehry, who is best known for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, the Dancing House in Prague, the Experience Music Project in Seattle among many others. If you will be in the the Los Angeles area I urge you to make room in your schedule for a visit. If you don’t have time for a formal tour, it’s easy to walk the perimeter and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by a rooftop garden tucked inside the gleaming exterior.

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    1. It’s the first time I’ve experienced one of his designs “live,” and I’ve become an instant fan. I’m making a separate Gehry bucket list! Thanks so much for stopping by,
      Elisa

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  1. Wow, that really is some building, Elisa. You captured it without gleaming sun flares too! I bet it is a wonder to see in person. I assume there is a regular building behind the “skin”. 🙂 A rooftop garden, too. My kind of place.

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    1. You would have loved the garden, George. There were several gardeners or volunteers lovingly tending to bed after bed of gorgeous plantings. I would have had a field day with my camera, but I didn’t want to intrude on their work…..I guess I’ll have to return soon so I can try again, right? 😉

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  2. My eldest daughter played there. She is a flutist and was at the time playing with a Finnish orchestra. It was very exciting for the orchestra to fly to LA and perform in such a setting. Speaking of Frank Gehry, I’ve been to the Guggenheim in Bilbao. I liked the building more than the art inside.

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    1. Julie you must be beyond proud of your daughter and her talents! To play at concert halls far and wide must be like living a dream. I’ll be returning often to L.A. because my daughter attends school there, and I plan on getting tickets for my husband and I to catch the L.A. Philharmonic one evening. The Guggenheim is next on my list!
      Take care,
      Elisa

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    1. I can’t imagine it not taking the breath away of anyone who sees it for the first time! Thanks, Nora, and yes, viewing the inside or attending a concert is on my list!
      Take care,
      Elisa

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  3. Beautifully shot Elisa. I am a huge fan of Gehry….we hopped over to Bilbao on a day-trip from Barcelona, just to visit the Guggenheim!! Hope I get to see this too someday.

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    1. I’d say your best bets for a great fare would be in the winter months. The airfare is cheaper and the weather is still divine! I’ve put the Guggenheim on my (ever growing) list of must-sees…..now, when might I make it to Barelona? (I’m running out of time, here!) 🙂

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  4. You know what? I enjoyed an orchestral concert at the Disney center with my husband when it opened. But bc he parked after letting me out at the front (leg was in a brace at the time), I never saw the architecture! Amazing! =) Beautiful blog.

    HW

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  5. It’s made way into a very recent commercial, but don’t ask me which one. Judging by the other comments, you have some traveling to do. Unfortunately, we don’t have this kind of modern architecture in Colorado – not unless you like barns. 🙂

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    1. I haven’t seen the commercial. This particular design of his photographs really well….others not so much from what I’ve seen on google. I’ll take a nicely weathered barn any day over most modern architecture. You’re lucky!

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  6. Truly an amazing piece of architecture. This is one place I failed to see when I was there last year. Hopefully I get to go again soon so I could go see the place.

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    1. The first time I saw the Disney Concert Hall I wasn’t looking for it, just glanced out the car window and my jaw dropped! Like you, I made a mental not to return, and I’m so glad I did. It’s amazing….definitely keep it on your list, Gracie.

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    1. Thank you, Iris. I have to admit that I think it’s the building that made the pictures, not my photography skills. I took a couple with my phone and they were just as gorgeous!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Elisa

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  7. What a magnificent building. I cannot imagine the construction challenge that must have been to take drawings and transform it into reality. This piece of art is amazing. Your photos have captured the movement, the color and the fun that this architecture communicates. Nice post!

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