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Posted 23 May 2007
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J. Paul Getty Center

I just got back from visiting my brother in Los Angeles and had the opportunity to go to the Getty Center to check it out. This impressive structure was designed by Richard Meier, one of America’s most prominent architects. After a quick walk through the structure (we weren’t able to spend much time there) you can’t help but be impressed by Mr. Meier’s vision. The whole structure sits atop a hill and the integration of the multiple buildings to their surroundings make it look and feel like a “natural” extension of the landscape.

Meier’s iconic use of white works nicely and as my brother pointed out, his attention to natural light is absolutely impressive. While there, the day was a bit ovecast, and even then, most lights in the compounds were shut off, yet there was still sufficient (and more than adequate) light throughout.

On a different note, the art collections housed at the Getty Center are certainly worth the $8.00 parking fee (yes, that’s all). If you plan on going, I highly recommend taking the 10 minutes to check out the “intro” tour when you first walk into the main complex. It will give you a better idea of the scope of the Getty’s scope and size — and it will help you not wander around aimlessly. The museum is large enough to plan at very least one full day if you’re hoping to take it all in, and even then you’ll be rushing through most of it. Oh, and don’t miss the gardens!

All-in-all, it is a fantastic place to visit if you’re into that sorta thing…and even if you’re not, give it a shot. You won’t be disappointed.

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