I studied Frank Gehry in college, but I wasn’t in awe of his work like many of my fellow students. I didn’t get what all the fuss was about, until I finally got the opportunity to experience one of his creations for myself.
Born out of a run down section of town, between East Randolph Street and Grant Park, Chicago’s Millennium Park had only been open for a short time, when I had the chance to attend the first private event held at the Pritzker Pavilion.
The party was extremely controversial. Residents and tourists were barred from using a public treasure by the first corporate sponsor of the park. I completely understood their frustration, but that first visit changed everything for me, and I fell head-over-heels-in-love with Frank!
|JUST TWO BLOCKS WEST OF LAKE MICHIGAN|
|IN THE MIDDLE OF CHICAGO’S MILLENNIUM PARK
BETWEEN MICHIGAN AND COLUMBUS AVENUES
|FRANK GEHRY’S OFTEN PHOTOGRAPHED
PRITZKER PAVILION PEEKS OUT ABOVE THE TREE LINE.
|THE CHICAGO SYMPHONY REHEARSES FOR A SUMMER PERFORMANCE|
|A WEB OF STEEL HOLDS A STATE OF THE ART
SOUND SYSTEM THAT ENSURES THAT ALL 7000 PATRONS
EXPERIENCE THE SAME QUALITY OF SOUND.
|THE PAVILION FITS IN BEAUTIFULLY WITH THE CHICAGO SKYLINE.
A MASTER STROKE OF URBAN PLANNING, THE PARK HAS CHANGED
THE WAY RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES USE THIS PART OF TOWN.
|THE PAVILION BECOMES A PART OF PEI WHITE’S RESTLESS RAINBOW,
AN INCREDIBLE OUTDOOR INSTALLATION AT RENZO PIANO’S
LIGHT FILLED ADDITION TO THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO.
All Photos © Fine Life 2011, All Rights Reserved
I wish I could explain to you how amazing the sound is in this structure. The Symphony’s rehearsal sounded just as good as the big name band that was hired for that private party.
Plan a visit, when you get a chance. Chicago is easy to get to and very easy to navigate, whether by foot or public transportation. Great performances happen all season long at the Pavilion. They are free, and you will find a list of upcoming events here.
I’ve seen the Disney Concert Hall in LA, but I haven’t had the chance to take in a performance there.
It’s high on my to do list. Have you had a chance to visit one of Frank Gehry’s masterpieces? I’d love to hear about your experience!