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One of the more controversial buildings in Seattle is the EMP. The Experience Music Project was inspired and commissioned by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen. This unusual building designed by architect Frank O. Gehry will bend your eyes away from any common understanding of structure, especially those that tip a hat to the past.

The EMP is dedicated to Jimi Hendrix and opened in 2000. It’s larger than it looks at 140,000 square feet with all kinds of popular culture exhibits, histories, and interactive installations.

The EMP, Experience Music Project museum in Seattle, Washington.

Current exhibits include the Rolling Stones with 37 photographs by Jim Marshall from the legendary 1972 tour for Exile on Main St. Also, Icons of Science Fiction with artifacts from Doctor Who, Star Trek, and the Matrix Reloaded. There’s more, if you were (are) a fan of the Seattle based grunge band Nirvana you’ll find an extensive exhibit of rare photos and memorabilia, and always theres something new and/or different about Jimi Hendrix.

The EMP celebrates popular music, science fiction, and pop culture. If you come to the Seattle Center via the monorail you’ll pass literally under a corner of the building. I’m looking forward to this winter when the Science Fiction Fantasy Short Film Festival happens at the Cinerama Theater, another pet project of Paul Allen.

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Rene' as soon as I saw the picture I said Frank Gehry, building looks similar to the Los Angeles Symphony Hall Building:))

Oct 20, 2012 01:42 PM #1
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Awesome Rene!  I hope you enjoy the Experience Music Project enough for me.  Now this is just cool.... Hey I'm not too old to use the term cool :)

Oct 20, 2012 01:46 PM #2
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Endre: Frank does have a distinctive style to be sure! I love the Sympony Hall building also. I love his work. At first, considered by many, the EMP raised many eyebrows. But I love it.

John: Never too old to say Cool! If it is, it is! I will enjoy, thanks!

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Rene, I had no idea this was in Seattle. I will have to add it to my mst do list when I visit.

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Rene...

I have never seen a photo of this before ... it's awesome, and you KNOW that I love Hendrix!

Oct 20, 2012 04:01 PM #5
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Debbie: Hi... Let me know when you do. It would be fun to show you and yours around town!

Oct 20, 2012 04:02 PM #6
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Hi Richard: I was listening to Hendrix just last week. Maybe it was my visit to the EMP that got me headed in that direction. I'm glad Paul Allen had this wonderful facility built. Hendrix to me was an amazing poet of the surreal and he took guitar playing to a whole new place never imagined before.

Oct 20, 2012 04:08 PM #7
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While it could be applauded for it's avante garde design.  I'm still affectionally drawn to buildings with a more classic design.  I'm more drawn to the metallic colors used, than anything!  The design is a testiment to what can happen when the mind is allowed to roam freely unleashed:-)

Oct 20, 2012 05:26 PM #8
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EMP is a facinating building both on the outside and the inside. Thanks for the reminder Rene. I need to get up to Seattle and take an afternoon wandering through EMP again....Having the Stones on display is enough motivation for me! =)

Oct 21, 2012 09:09 AM #9
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Thanks for telling us about EMP.  I was not all familiar with this facility.  Very impressive building.

Enjoy the colors of autumn with your camera in hand.

Chihuly Exhibit, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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René -- it is an amazing building.  What is even more interesting is that Roy would include a Chihuly picture, as if he knew they just built the "Chihuly Garden and Glass" museum just west of the EMP.

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Myrl: I love this building, yet I too am attracted to more classic designs. Especially those iconic one's from different ages that really had something to say about when they were built. I love the one's where you get it, how timeless design can be, if the architect has vision.

Scott: Sounds like we need a field trip!

Roy: Thanks... I love it especially when I take the monorail into the center and the EMP welcomes you into the Center as you pass right through a corner of the building.

Steven: Agreed, amazing! I didn't have time that day to take in the Chihuly Garden, but I will soon. Roy did a post last week about a Chihuly exhibit taking place in his town.

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