The Getty Center

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I enjoy $15 parking, Renaissance art, and oil money about as much as I enjoy lectures on electromagnetism.  This is to say I don’t understand them and moreover, I try to avoid thinking about them.

Fortunately, the Getty Center is so much more than what I’ve boiled it down to. The views alone make the Getty a worthwhile venture, but the architecture is also one-of-a-kind.  American born though internationally acclaimed architect, Richard Meier, puts to use the ridges of the Santa Monica Mountains and 1.2 million square feet of travertine limestone.  The stone, which built most of Rome, does nothing short of transport the visitor to the Mediterranean.  Additionally, the “rational” design produces an irrational sense of wonder.

Between the 134,000-square-foot central garden, the continuous calendar of public lectures, and the 28 modern sculptures meticulously dispersed throughout the grounds, visiting the 110-acre compound has a little something for everyone.

Posted on November 22, 2011, in Brentwood and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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