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WAM West Facade Frank Gehry “Life is chaotic, dangerous, and surprising. Buildings should reflect that.” – Frank O. Gehry Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, this building first opened in 1993 and went through a major renovation in 2010-2011, also led by Gehry. The Weisman is located on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, on the east bank of the University of Minnesota campus. Gehry was inspired by the river and the rocky bluffs when creating the design for the museum, which is a work of art in itself. The building was specifically designed to accentuate the Weisman’s extensive and varied collection of art. Frank Gehry is known for using unusual materials, creating surprising spaces and shapes, and his love of movement. Can you tell what the building made out of? Much of the Weisman is covered with Stainless steel panels, similar to the stainless steel used for kitchen sinks. Gehry credits his son for encouraging him to use the shiny metal covering. What does this building remind you of? What did you think the 1st time you saw this building?

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