Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Want Frank Gehry's models? It will cost you
Important authors regularly sell their papers to academic libraries for millions of dollars. Frank Gehry, the architect who designed the Weisman Art Museum (and many other more famous buildings) thinks he can cash in on the concept. Gehry told a New York Times reporter: “I don’t want to give it away — it’s an asset. It’s the one thing in your life you build up, and you own it. And I’ve been spending a lot of rent to preserve it.” Although the article didn't cite specifics, Gehry is asking for several million dollars for his collected works-in-progress. Other, less famous architects, aren't holding their breathe, waiting for a big payday. Said Billie Tsien, who works with Tod Williams: “I was hoping for a funeral pyre. The only thing we really care about existing beyond us is the buildings.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yea, Billie and Tod!

I'm disgusted by Gehry's mercinary impulse. Is he, or Eisenmann, or any other bigname starchitect, a starving artist? I think not.

Let's think about posterity, guys, not profit.