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In my past professional lives, I have been a salesman, an auto mechanic, a draftsman, a security guard, a cartographer of cemeteries, and a Russian, Serbian, and Croatian Linguist whilst in the Army. Now, I have found my calling in life, hence the architectural student status. I am in my 5th and last year of schooling to get my Bachelors of Architecture.
For those that have asked, I am from Tennessee and always will be, regardless of what state I am currently residing, hence the TN in my name.
Minneapolis - St. Paul was the home of Charles Schultz, creator of the
Peanuts comic strip. All of his beloved characters have been rendered larger
than life in parks around the Twin Cities.
2nd Nov 2006, 22:35
This is the central atrium inside the Library.
2nd Nov 2006, 22:02
This structure is the central Library for the Minneapolis Public Library
System. It was designed by Cesar Pelli. The frosting on the glass is
actually patterned after the birch forests located in the area. It is a
prime example of the aesthetics of the 60's coming back into fashion with
slight tweaks to update it.
2nd Nov 2006, 22:01
This is the Wiesman Museum on the University of Minnesota Campus. It is also
by Frank Gehry, but I feel it is much less successful than his sculpture.
For one thing, it has been known to be dangerous in the winter, as
accumulated snow and ice will slide off of the structure imperiling
2nd Nov 2006, 21:52
This is the centerpiece sculpture located within the Conservatory in the
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
Standing Glass Fish - 1986 - Frank Gehry
This is the first work by Frank Gehry I like. It is a pure sculpture, with
no other reason for existence shoe-horned into it, unlike most of his
buildings. It's purity is what makes it work in my mind.
The story behind it that when Frank Gehry was a child, his grandmother
bought live carp on Thursdays to make into gefilte fish on Fridays. She'd
let the fish swim around in the bathtub overnight, where Gehry would play
with them. This memory inspired him to create Standing Glass Fish a
22 foot high construction of glass, wood, and steel that rises out of a lily
pond among the palms in the main space of the conservatory.
2nd Nov 2006, 21:48
This are the ivy walls that separate the different sections of the
conservatory in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
2nd Nov 2006, 21:43
This sculpture is located in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. You can see
the Downtown skyline beyond.It was designed by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen in 1985-1988, and
was commissioned especially for this spot. It weighs more than 7,000 pounds.
The spoon is 52 feet long, and the cherry alone weighs 1,200 pounds. The
sculpture is so huge that it had to be fabricated at two separate shipyards:
one in Maine, the other in Rhode Island.
2nd Nov 2006, 21:29
While in Minneapolis, we visited the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. We walked
there from downtown, and had to cross a highway to get there on this bridge.
2nd Nov 2006, 21:25