|View of Los Angeles from the Getty Center (Photo Anjani Ganase)|
|Tree-lined walkway (ag)|
|Water feature - devoid of water since the drought (ag)|
|The Bishop (ag)|
|Sculptures at the Getty (ag)|
Architect Richard Meier was selected to design the center in 1984. It straddles two adjacent natural ridges which are at an angle of 22.5 degrees to each other. The location is central to the layout of the buildings which include the museum, research institute and administrative offices, and gardens. The center was opened in December 1997 after expenditure had more than tripled its initial estimate of $350 million. It is funded by the J Paul Getty Trust which was established by Jean Paul Getty in 1953. The son of petroleum businessman George Getty, J Paul made his first million with his own company in Tulsa Oklahoma, by the time he was 24 . His net worth was $2 billion at the time of his death in June 1976.
Built of concrete and steel, the Center's ivory limestone facades were created with some 1,200,000 square feet (110,000 square metres) of travertine, a limestone formed in geothermally heated supersaturated alkaline water. The best sources of travertine in the USA are Yellowstone National Park, parts of Oklahoma, Colorado and Arizona. However, the travertine used for the Getty Center came from Tivoli and Guidonia in Italy. Older buildings using travertine include the Colosseum in Rome and Sacre-Coeur Basilica in Paris.
This first visit to the Getty Center included just a cursory glance at some collections of European drawings and paintings. As you can see, we were awed by the structures and content to simply walk in its spaces.
In these photos by Anjani Ganase (ag) and Pat Ganase (pg), the Getty Center impressed us in different ways - we hope you enjoy these perspectives.
|Appreciating the art of another era|
|Angel of the Citadel|
|Rail for the cable train|