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Frank Gehry


Bear with Us

Besthoff Sculpture Garden
What’ll this bear?
When I see a bear I jump out of my skin. I'm riveted to the ground and I’m sure that I’m in de last few seconds.
None of this is happening when I see Bear by Frank Behry. This bear is standing still. A squared shape is stands on short legs. Maybe we can smooth out this wrinkled surface.
Bear stares at the ground. You might pat Bear on his head.
I don't see any danger in this bear. I can't see angry eyes, sharp teeth, long nails. This bear has a listening attitude.
I'm just going to squat and whisper a story in his ears.
By Theo,

Wat wil deze beer?
Als ik een beer zie, schrik ik mij wezenloos. Ik ben aan de grond genageld en ik weet dat dit mijn laatste seconden zijn.
Niets van dit alles gebeurt, als ik Bear van Frank Behry zie. Deze beer staat stil. Een vierkante vorm staat op korte pootjes. Misschien kunnen we het gekreukelde oppervlakte glad strijken.
Bear staart naar de grond. Misschien wil Bear een aai over zijn bol.
Ik zie geen gevaar bij deze beer. Ik zie geen boze ogen, scherpe tanden, lange nagels. Deze beer staat in een luisterhouding.
Ik ga even door mijn hurken en fluister een verhaal in zijn oren.
Door Theo,
The designs of Frank Gehry—one of the most innovative architects working today—grace numerous metropolitan skylines around the world. Known for their deconstructivist approach and creative use of materials, his buildings incorporate a wealth of textures that lend a sense of movement to his dynamic structures. Early in his career, Gehry created both sculpture and furniture, which similarly reflected his concern with inventive forms made from unexpected materials. The Easy Edges (1969–73) and Experimental Edges (1979–82) series of chairs and tables were made of industrial corrugated cardboard, while a later Knoll furniture series (1989–92) was made from pliable bentwood. Gehry was commissioned by the Formica Corporation to use a translucent plastic laminate, ColorCore, in a series of lamps consisting of radiant snake and fish forms (1983–86). The fish has been a recurring motif in Gehry’s work, recognizable in the undulating, curvilinear forms of his architecture as well as various sculpture projects, including his Fish Sculpture at Vila Olímpica in Barcelona, Spain (1989–92), and his Standing Glass Fish for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (1986). The first Fish Lamps were shown in Frank Gehry: Unique Lamps in 1984 at the former Robertson Boulevard location of Gagosian in Los Angeles.
Gehry was born in 1929 in Toronto. He received a BA in 1954 from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and an MA in 1956 from Harvard University, Massachusetts. Gehry’s drawings, models, designs, and sculptures have been exhibited in major museums throughout the world. Recent solo exhibitions include Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2001); Frank Gehry, Architect: Designs for Museums, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis (2003, traveled to Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC); etc.
Gehry has received numerous awards and honors, including US Presidential Medal of Freedom (2016) ; Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology (2007); Lifetime Achievement Award, Americans for the Arts (2000) etc.
Gehry lives and works in Los Angeles.
A highlight for kids is the famous architect Frank Gehry’s “Bear with Us,” which is a playfully named life-size bear that looks like it was made with crumpled paper and then covered in metal.
Maker: Frank Gehry
Titel: Bear with Us
Aanmaakdatum: 2014
Fysieke afmetingen: 45 1/2 x 84 3/4 x 45 3/4 in (115.57 x 215.265 x 116.205 cm)
Rechten: Frank O. Gehry
Materiaal: Stainless steel