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“Every artist confronts a series of issues that are constraints.”
Frank Gehry

Please allow me to run with this architectural theme for a few days. Architect Frank Gehry is perhaps best known for his buildings the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall* in Los Angeles. I’ll never forget in 1999 when I saw my first building designed by Gehry—”Dancing Building” in Prague. The last design of his I’ve seen is the Weisman Art Museum on the campus at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Disney Concert Hall (Photo by Kwong Yee Cheng)

Disney Concert Hall (Photo by Kwong Yee Cheng/CC)

“I think creativity… I guess (Henry) James wrote that it was like poking around in a deep well with a big stick, and every once in a while you would pull this stick out and something was there. These ideas are not easy to describe. They’re easy to rationalize after the fact, like the sense of movement is easy to rationalize, or certain materials, or certain constructs, and shapes, and forms. But basically, I am trying to make buildings and spaces that will inspire people, that will move people, that will get a reaction. Not just to get a reaction, but to get a positive reaction, hopefully, a place that they like to be in. My greatest thrill is to still be friends with the clients and people that helped me make these buildings.”
Frank Gehry
Academy of Achievement

That’s not too hard to draw parallels to your screenwriting and filmmaking. If you haven’t seen the documentary Sketches of Frank Gehry I recommend it.It also happens to be the last film made by director Sydney Pollack (Out of Africa, Tootsie).

*An interesting side note that is not commonly known about the Walt Disney Concert Hall in the above photography is the limestone is from Iowa. The Weber Stone Company hauled nearly 800 ton of Anamosa Limestone to Los Angeles.

Scott W. Smith

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