A steep staircase off a busy sidewalk takes you to a rooftop public park/garden oasis, about an acre in size, with plenty of shady areas to sit and relax and take in the impressive architecture. Frank Gehry designed the building – and garden.
There are areas for kids performances, as well as serves as a pre- and post-performance reception area. It’s also available for private events and children’s programming.
One of its most unique features – other than the space-age design and materials is a fountain Gehry designed for its patron, Lillian Disney.
Disney was a rose collector – and collector of Royal Delft porcelain. According to the John Lithgow-narrated audio tour, Mr. Gehry himself said that the Delft wasn’t that royal – in that she collected even cheap souvenir Delft as well.
Since she loved rose and her Delft porcelain, he created a large rose fountain made from Delft porcelain pieces and tiles.
|Not quite a labyrinth, but it’s sure
to keep kids busy for a while.
|It’s hard to pay too close attention to the garden
when you can look up and see this.
|The support columns hid air conditioning and other building mechanicals – and looked like abstract trees.|
|The garden was lush, but not much was in bloom. I sorta’ liked the greenery against the metal building. Too much color would have made it cartoonish and a bit more like a Disney Park.|
|The spaceship has landed and brought a garden with it.|
|We could have brought our lunch up here and sat a while.|
|The Delft ceramic rose fountain has a name – A Rose for Lilly.|
|Kinda’ reminds me of space mountain.|
|And here is The Broad, a new contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. It is literally right across the street from the Disney Concert Hall. You can see those little bit of green sidewalk plantings along the sidewalk.|
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