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LORBIT

EMP Seattle
WELCOME TO LORBIT
SENSING URBANITY
LISTENING FOR WORDS
VIEWING IMAGES OF MYSTERY
REFLECTING ON MEMOIRS
LOVING MUSIC
READING FOR LIVING
TRAVELING FOR ENCHANTMENT
PROTESTING IDIOCY

more on the Experience Music Project (EMP)

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The Experience Music Project is a dual bravura performance of music and architecture. It's the brainchild of Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and owner of a big hunk of downtown Seattle real estate.
 
In 1991 he and his wife, Jody Patton, began amassing a huge collection of Jimi Hendrix artifacts and decided to build a place for public display. This idea resulted in the ambitious mega-salute to Hendrix
et al..
 
It seeks to "celebrate and explore creativity as expressed in American popular music and exemplified by rock 'n' roll."
 
The place is filled with photos, memorabilia (interested in seeing Michael Jackson's glove?), guitars, amps,and lots of interactive media, digital sound labs, mixing consoles, "artists' journey" shows, performance stages, a "Sky Church," and all the bells and whistles of a museum, including a shop, restaurant, and school and camp outreach programs for children.
 
"It's like we're trying to catch lightning in a bottle-- in this case, the lightning is rock 'n' roll, and the bottle happens to be a 140,000-square-foot Frank Gehry building."
- Chris Bruce, curator
 
Frank Gehry, who loves to push boundaries, designed the curves, steel ribs, skin, and interior walls with the aid of a 3-D computer modeling system (CATIA) developed for the aerospace industry.
 
"I wanted to evoke the rock 'n' roll experience without being too literal about it."
- Frank Gehry, architect
 
"What was different about this job? Everything!"
- Colin Fowler, sprinkler fire protection foreman
 
         
 
 

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EMP. Frank Gehry, architect.

left: EMP, below the Space Needle
in Seattle, Washington 

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EMP models in Gehry's Los Angeles office

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EMP during construction

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EMP central equipment center