Monday, November 09, 2009

The Architecture

The first time I visited The Getty Center, I spent the majority of my hours there gazing at the buildings, their structure and material composition.


I was enthralled with the travertine marble which was quarried in Italy and transported to Los Angeles. In the shadows, the marble looks pearly white, but when the sun shines on the rough exterior, the marble takes on a creamy yellow color.

As the stone was cut, fossilized leaves were revealed. You can see many of the leaf images on the buildings' walls.

The architecture so fascinated me that I walked around staring up at the arches, corners and overhangs designed by Richard Meier. I was distracted from the exhibits by the extraordinary beauty of the museum buildings.
Even after several trips to the Getty, I still love strolling along the hallways and balconies, gazing at the pavilions, admiring their size, structure and setting!


This link gives more information about Meier and the Getty Center's architecture.

13 comments:

Flower said...

Very nice to see what you see and up close! What a beautiful structure!

ellen b. said...

There really is so much to enjoy there. Good place to visit multiple times...
Beautiful shots...

Sharon Lynne said...

That is so interesting about the fossilized leaves. I would love to have fossils in the walls of my house!

Thom said...

That's real nice looking. Thanks for sharing

Tracy said...

Those fossilized leaves are tugging at my heartstrings! It is such an amazingly structure...that marble is beautiful. I do hope to see the place myself on day, really do! :o) Thank you for this tour in the meantime, Willow. Happy week, my friend ((HUGS))

Roxie said...

The camera's back! The camera's back! Yayyyyy! Awesome photos. I had no idea. Next time we visit SoCal I may request a visit. the fossilized leaves are too cool.

Dorothy said...

I love those fossilized leaf images in the marble of the building! Amazing!

Melli said...

I am enjoying seeing this wonderful place through your eyes - and the lens of your camera!

nikkipolani said...

Willow, I completely agree -- that architecture ties up one's attention quite neatly. I love these straight and beautiful lines. Tomorrow, I'll post some curvy building lines :-)

artgirlATL said...

The fossils are just fascinating.

Knitting Linguist said...

I, too, love those buildings -- so many lovely spaces are created by their shaping! And the gardens that surround them work so well, too...

Mama Mia said...

The architecture at the Getty may indeed be more splendid than the treasures found within its walls! Tough call, but perhaps..! :o) Lovely photos, as always.

Caroline said...

I have been to the Getty at least twice a year for the last ten years, and I've never noticed those leaves before! They're beautiful.