The Slatin Report gets physical and does a full on bodycheck to Frank Gehry's architectural prowess. Gehry's proposed addition to the new Grand Avenue skyline makes one wonder if he's in self-parody mode - a couple of squiggles, a bulge, undulating walls and voila, you have a skyscraper that looks like a melted candle. The writer worries that Gehry's attempt at architectural extravagance will overshadow Disney Hall, which everyone seems to realize should be the focus of Grand Avenue.
...Gehry can only design in one mode, and that is the starring role, belting out show stoppers at the top of his lungs. He is the Ethel Merman of architecture. We're glad we didn't write that line, but we're happy it was said.
· Grand Gesture, Short Sighted? [Slatin Report]
· Gehry and Childs: We'll Take LA [The Gutter]