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The Getty Center is the only art museum where I look at the building and gardens more than the art, and the art is world class too.

When J. Paul Getty died, he left an endowment to the Getty Foundation that instantly made the foundation the best funded museum in the world. The Getty had operated the Getty Villa, an art museum in Malibu, for many years, but the collection was outgrowing the facility. The Getty Center was the answer to both problems, spending all that money on a large new museum.

The J. Paul Getty Trust purchased approximately 750 acres of hill top land in the Santa Monica Mountains in 1983. More than a decade later, Architect Richard Meier transformed this undeveloped hilltop into a world class art museum. Along the way, over one hundred site conditions had to be met to meet the needs of the surrounding homeowners. Meier used his trademark white, but tried many variations of "white" before satisfying the community. This white was used in both Italian travertine and painted aluminum. Another project condition was no net loss or gain of earth. Two hill tops were shaved down and the material used to fill in a small valley between to create a large tarraced space.

The building as a sculptue in itself. Most surfaces are covered with tiles of stone, metal, or glass in a 30 inch grid. This grid is sometimes carried through to twice size, half size, and quarter size tiles. The grid aligns throughout the entire facility. Circles and arcs interplay with all the straight lines. The travertine are quarried and cut in Tivoli, Italy and shipped (100 trips) by sea to Los Angeles.

The entrance to the parking lot is below and access to the museum is by way of a 3/4 miles tramway.

The garden is almost as impressive as the building. Designed by artist Robert Irwin, the Central Garden lies below the main plaza level. Other gardens are by landscape architect Laurie Olin in collaboration with Meier.

As for the museum, I leave that to you.
Museum Entrance Hall
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Museum Entrance
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Left of Entry
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Brail Map
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East Building
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East Building
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East Building
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The 6 or 8 minutes tram ride up the hill is designed to allow visitors to forget the city below. August 6, 2011.
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Reflections and shadows on the exterior of the Auditorium.

Large awnings welcome visitors to the Auditorium.










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The grass covered Heliport is at the north end.


The cactus garden is at the south end.





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