for Frank O. Gehry
by Jan Greenberg
and Sandra Jordan
As examined in this highly visual biography, the extraordinary work of this 20th century architect will expand readers’ understanding of what architecture is and what it can be. Gehry’s work knows no bounds: his swooping, shimmering masterpiece, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; the whimsical facade of an advertising agency shaped like binoculars; the sturdy, ribbon-like Easy Edge chairs made of cardboard; glowing lamps shaped like fish. Gehry’s is a world of possibilities. As presented here by Greenberg and Jordan, it also has the power to excite the imagination. The story of Gehry’s life is woven into a narrative that examines his work with great understanding and appreciation. (Age 9 and older)
CCBC Choices 2001. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2001. Used with permission.
Frank Gehry was a young man when he realized that it was possible to break away from the square box of most buildings. "I threw the grid away", he said.
How can a building give a feeling of movement and energy? How can workaday materials be used to create extraordinary spaces? How can an architect create something truly new?
Frank Gehry explains his answers and asks new questions in Frank O. Gehry: Outside In. From the Guggenheim Bilbao to cardboard furniture, from the "Fred and Ginger" building in Prague to his own house, Gehry's work is always dynamic and sometimes startling. Authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan make the ideas of this provocative architect accessible and inspiring to young readers in a biography of Gehry that shows his deepest influences. Full-color photographs, interactive sidebars, and a glossary complete the picture of this master builder.
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