BY JANET STEINBERG
I am often asked, “What is your favorite museum?” The answer is simple…my favorite museum is the world!
This amazing world that we live in is an open-air museum, filled with fascinating structures created by world-renowned architects. When traveling around the world, I make it a point to experience as many architectural masterpieces as possible. They come in a variety of amazing shapes and sizes, from medieval to modern. Allow me to share with you a few intriguing structures that, in reality, are museum-quality, larger-than-life, sculptures.
MUSEO GUGGENHEIM BILBAO: From a distance, the splendid bizarrely shaped $100-million Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art in Bilbao, Spain looked like a massive steel sculpture. And then, all of a sudden, there it was…renowned architect Frank Gehry's masterpiece in flowing titanium and limestone. Gehry described his building, on the banks of the Nervion River, as a ship that has run aground. The museum, which opened in 1997, reflects Bilbao's heritage with its suggestion of maritime shapes and sails. Others have likened the silhouette of Bilbao’s Guggenheim to a roller coaster, a mermaid, a waterfall a hula girl, and a fish. The building is covered with over 35,OOO titanium tiles and pieces of glass strategically placed to catch the natural light. Maman, Louise Bourgeois' huge bronze spider, stands in front of the museum.
|MAMAN, A HUGE BRONZE SPIDER, STANDS IN FRONT OF THE MUSEUM|