Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall

We returned a little over week ago from sunny southern California. So I thought I would post one of the tourist attractions in downtown Los Angeles and also one of my favourite pieces of architecture – the Walt Disney Concert Hall located at 111 South Grand Avenue. If you ever get the chance, do include it on your sightseeing list. It’s simply stunning. The hall was designed by Frank Gehry who also re-designed the Art Gallery of Ontario, among other buildings. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. It opened its doors on October 24, 2003. The concept behind the structure is “a boat with drenched sails” in the style of deconstructivism. To me, this stunning piece of waves of twisting stainless steel makes me think of Umberto Boccioni’s Unique Forms of Continuity in Space. Not exactly the same. There’s a sense of movement in Boccioni’s piece. Nevertheless, it does. Check out the photos below.

Here are a couple of interesting facts about the hall:

  • “Large Douglas fir columns are placed at the entrance of the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Atrium Hall at Disney Hall. Resembling tree trunks, the columns represent Disney Hall’s dialogue with nature.” (via aia.org)
  • “To coat the outer surfaces were used corrugated 12,500 pieces of steel together on the outside. No two equal parts, as each piece takes a unique form of agreement to their location.” (via Wikipedia)

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“Unique Forms of Continuity in Space (Italian: Forme uniche della continuità nello spazio) is a bronze Futurist sculpture by Umberto Boccioni. The sculpture is depicted on the obverse of the Italian-issue 20 cent euro coin.” (via Wikipedia)

Lillian Disney Memorial Fountain

Climb the stairs towards the back of the building to get to the Walt Disney Hall Community Park. In that cozy parkette, you will find a delicate water fountain in the shape of a rose. It was designed by Frank Gehry and dedicated to Lillian Disney, the wife of Walt Disney, who made the initial contribution in the construction of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in 1987.  “Mrs. Disney had a great love for Delftware, the famous white and blue porcelain from the Delft region of the Netherlands. To create the intricate mosaic of the rose-shaped fountain, Gehry and his artisans shattered more than two hundred vases and eight thousand tiles!”

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About May Dayao

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2 Responses to Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall

  1. zelmare says:

    How fortunate you are! 🙂 I love the interesting shapes in the first building, and the rose is pretty special.We were in Europe for 3 weeks in Dec., but i haven’t had the motivation yet to do a post since we’ve been back…

    • May Dayao says:

      Europe for 3 weeks – how wonderful! I’m the jealous one 😉 It takes me awhile to adjust after returning from a trip. Those photos were from when we were in California in August! I’m looking forward to your posts about your trip 🙂

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