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How a musician made me see architecture differently

I’ve had a micro-epiphany.  It allowed me to see an artifact that I hate in a different light because I was exposed to similar artistic impulses in a different medium.  Which is an annoying way of saying that I hate the architecture of this guy: Frank Gehry.

Here’s a building he designed in my home town of Seattle, it’s the Experience Music Project building or EMP for short.

I’ve always thought it looked giant clown robot vomit.  

His work is deconstructivist.  (Or post-structuralist if you think that sounds too aggressive) This Wiki says: “It is characterized by fragmentation, an interest in manipulating a structure's surface or skin, non-rectilinear shapes which appear to distort and dislocate elements of architecture, such as structure and envelope. The finished visual appearance of buildings that exhibit deconstructivist "styles" is characterized by unpredictability and controlled chao…