M. H. de Young Memorial Museum
This was taken with my Canon PowerShot A430, one year after the earthquake damage was fixed.
The museum opened in 1895 as an outgrowth of the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894 (a fair modeled on the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition of the previous year). It was housed in an Egyptian style structure which had been the Fine Arts Building at the fair. The building was badly damaged in the earthquake of 1906 and was demolished and replaced in 1929 with a Spanish Renaissance style structure. This building was originally decorated with cast-concrete ornaments on the façade. The ornaments were removed in 1949 as they began to fall and had become a hazard. As part of the agreement that created the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in 1972, the de Young's collection of European art was sent to the Legion of Honor. In compensation, the de Young received the right to display the bulk of the organization's anthropological holdings. These include significant pre-Hispanic works from Teotihuacan and Peru, as well as indigenous tribal art from sub-Saharan Africa. The building was severely damaged by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. It in turn was demolished and replaced by a new building in 2005.
The current building was completed by architects Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron and Fong + Chan designed the newly built structure, which reopened on October 15, 2005. Structural, civil and geotechnical engineering was provided by Rutherford & Chekene; Arup provided mechanical and electrical engineering. The terrain and seismic activity in San Francisco posed a challenge for the designers Herzog & de Meuron and principal architects Fong & Chan. To help withstand future earthquakes, “[the building] can move up to three feet (91 centimeters) due to a system of ball-bearing sliding plates and viscous fluid dampers that absorb kinetic energy and convert it to heat”
A new museum structure located in the middle of an urban park was initially controversial. San Francisco voters twice defeated bond measures that were to fund the new museum project. After the second defeat, the museum itself planned to relocate to a location in the financial district. However, an effort led by generous supporters arose and kept the museum in the Golden Gate Park.
The designers were sensitive to the appearance of the building in its natural setting. Walter Hood, a landscape architect based in Oakland, designed the museum's new gardens. The entire exterior is clad in 163,118 sq ft (15,154.2 m2) of copper, which is expected to eventually oxidize and take on a greenish tone and a distinct texture to echo the nearby eucalyptus trees. In order to further harmonize with the surroundings, shapes were cut into the top to reveal gardens and courtyards where 48 trees had been planted. 5.12 acres (20,700 square meters) of new landscaping were planted as well, with 344 transplanted trees and 69 historic boulders. The building is clad with variably perforated and dimpled copper plates, whose patina will slowly change through exposure to the elements. This exterior facade was developed and fabricated by engineers at Zahner. A 144 ft. (44 m) observation tower allows visitors to see much of Golden Gate Park's Music Concourse and rises above the Park's treetops providing a view of the Golden Gate and Marin Headlands.
Information on the de Young museum can be found on Wikipedia at the following web address; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._H._de_Young_Memorial_Museum
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jmdias (52918) 2012-03-19 17:33
very nice framing. I liked the way you framed the sculpture with the curious shapes of the building ahead. nice job.
Cricri (102263) 2012-03-20 11:41
Une note intéressante sur cette présentation de ce lieu, qui mérite d'être visité, bon cadrage de la sculpture et de l'architecture originale, le tout sous une bonne lumière
Noel_Byrne (21688) 2012-08-19 8:34
Beautiful and curious architecture, and thanks for the brilliant note explaining it. Its a very unique building, and I must say, that is one of the angriest looking sphinxes I have seen, he has not had a good day.
The white statue looks great against the black stone and blue sky.
ikeharel (53463) 2012-08-20 3:03
Modern building on Bg in black, contrast with the modern white statue.
Fabulous choise of POV, and well collected light and fine clarity.
Have a nice week ahead,