June 8, 2007

Lee Chin Crystal - Art meets architectural genius


Naysayers wondered why not donate the sum to something equally needed in Jamaica. The thousands of persons who saw the finished Michael Lee Chin Crystal.... will now no doubt agree, it was a donation well made. The new addition to the ROM will resonate with everyone (including Jamaicans), for decades to come.

Article on the opening on the Royal Ontario Museum by Daniel Libeskind

4 comments:

AM Putra said...

Now that's I called what is spectacular becomes more spectacular. I have viewed the pictures of this Libeskind's masterpiece, both outside and inside. It's impressive approach of architecture.

Anonymous said...

Naive and unsophisticated observers typically fall into the trap of thinking, "If it is different, then it must be a work of genius." Libeskind's contraption is hardly architecture. And I challenge any sentient person to demonstrate that it is, much less a "masterpiece". It is a fools idea of architecture, and Libeskind is little more than a fool. If you think it IS architecture, then you should explain why.

mad architect said...

it is easy to call someone a fool or naive, especially when hidden by anonymity.

Derek said...

Unfortunately the Crystal we got is not the Crystal we were sold. The original plans - impossible but beautiful - called for the walls to be glass. Nobody at Libsekind's end realized the three major problems that meant: 1) the entire museum will need much stronger air conditioning to prevent everything and everyone inside from melting; 2) direct sunlight on the displays is a good way to run hundreds and thousands of year old artifacts; and 3) Bloor West is a major east-west corridor in the city, and when the sun sets in the summer the Crystal is going to blind everyone driving east (and vice versa in the morning).

Now the ROM looks like it has been colonized by the Bata Shoe Museum down the street, which has some wacky angles of its own.

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