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Thursday, December 9, 2010 Serene Geometry

Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles, by Frank Gehry, opened on October 23, 2003

Driving around, troubled, and then there it was an open parking spot at First and Hope downtown. First and Hope that had to be a sign. Symbolism, you gotta love it. And walk around the Walt Disney Concert Hall there will clear your head it's a serene place, even if a little spooky. Of course it's Frank Gehry America's non-Euclidean architect. And the place is also whimsical. Lillian Disney, Walt's widow, made the initial gift in 1987 to get it going. But groundbreaking was December 1999 and it opened on October 23, 2003 so this project wasn't easy. To calculate the complex shapes of the curves Gehry had to use CATIA the CAD/CAM/CAE software suite developed by the French guys at Dassault Systems in Toulouse. The software was created in the late seventies to develop their elegant and deadly Mirage jet fighters. But you can beat spears into plowshares. Frank Gehry did.

Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles, by Frank Gehry, opened on October 23, 2003
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles, by Frank Gehry, opened on October 23, 2003
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles, by Frank Gehry, opened on October 23, 2003
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles, by Frank Gehry, opened on October 23, 2003
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles, by Frank Gehry, opened on October 23, 2003
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles, by Frank Gehry, opened on October 23, 2003
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles, by Frank Gehry, opened on October 23, 2003
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles, by Frank Gehry, opened on October 23, 2003
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles, by Frank Gehry, opened on October 23, 2003
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles, by Frank Gehry, opened on October 23, 2003
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles, by Frank Gehry, opened on October 23, 2003
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles, by Frank Gehry, opened on October 23, 2003
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles, by Frank Gehry, opened on October 23, 2003
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles, by Frank Gehry, opened on October 23, 2003
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles, by Frank Gehry, opened on October 23, 2003
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles, by Frank Gehry, opened on October 23, 2003

Continued at Downtown Sun

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto. The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

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