When the Getty Museum, located off the 405 in LA was being built, I thought it was a monstrosity. Big, hulking, monolithic, it seemed to loom over me as I traversed the crazy LA traffic on my way south from my lovely bucolic Sonoma County. Well…it’s still monolithic, square and somewhat hulking, but I’ve changed my tune completely!
I recently went for my 4th or 5th visit, I really can’t remember all the times I’ve been there. The day was clear (as clear as you can get in LA) and the perfect temperature to spend the day enjoying this wondrous place designed by Richard Meier and Partners.
Richard Meier is a modernist, and his buildings tend to be square and bulky. But in spending time in the Getty, I have found there to be a peculiar sense of Grace that flows throughout based on much thought and engineering by Meier. Here are the three attributes of the buildings that I’ve grown to love and admire, and that contribute to its graceful feeling:
While I’ve loved the Getty gardens from the beginning, I’ve grown, over time, to love and appreciate the thought and the amount of detail that has gone into the buildings themselves. For the first time this past visit I took an architecture tour. The docent was enthusiastic and knowledgable. I highly recommend the 45 minutes. It’s incredibly informative.
Have you been to the Getty? Check out the video below for more views of this stunning museum. And tell me, what’s your favorite museum?
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