It’s Frank Gehry’s 90th birthday today. So its only fitting I post a picture of one of his buildings. This particular photograph is of the Dancing House in Prague, also known as the Fred and Ginger house, named after the famous dancers, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, as the building, when viewed in full, resembles a pair of dancers.
I also captured a beautiful golden hour full length portrait of the building that was featured in Architecture MN Magazine a few years back.
The metal sculpture on the top of the building and pictured here is nicknamed, “Medusa.” I can’t seem to find much more information about the sculpture, but I think its interesting and often not the focus in photographs of this building.
The LA Times published a wonderful interview with Gehry last week that covers what he has been up to, his plans for his 90th birthday, his affection for painters like the late Ed Moses, and how he designs to create a feeling.
Happy birthday, Mr. Gehry. Your architecture is beautiful, inspiring, and a pleasure to experience and photograph. I judge everything on how it makes me feel, and your buildings create a feeling of excitement and I simply find myself in awe.