Experience Music Project, Seattle

Abstract Patterns, Experience Music Project Walls, Seattle Center, Seattle Washington

Abstract Patterns, Experience Music Project Walls, Seattle

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Experience Music Project, Seattle

The exterior of the Experience Music Project(“EMP”) by the Space Needle at the Seattle Center, provides the photographer with an almost unlimited number of opportunities to create wonderful abstract patterns and designs.

When Frank O. Gehry began designing EMP, he was inspired to create a structure that evoked the rock ‘n’ roll experience without being too literal. He purchased several electric guitars, sliced them into pieces, and used them as building blocks for an early model design.

A fusion of textures and a myriad of colors, EMP’s exterior conveys all the energy and fluidity of music. Three-thousand panels, made up of 21 thousand individually cut and shaped stainless steel and painted aluminum shingles, encase the outside of the building. Their individual finishes respond to different light conditions and appear to change when viewed from different angles, reminding audiences that music and culture is constantly evolving.


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