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Frank Gehry salutes journalist

Source Guardian UK ; Frank Gehry has described 98% of modern architecture as “shit” and given a journalist the middle finger salute at a press conference.

Gehry, architect of many renowned buildings such as the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, was in Oviedo in northern Spain to collect the prestigious Prince of Asturias prize, which King Felipe of Spain was due to present on Friday.

A press conference in Oviedo on Thursday got off to a bad start when a journalist asked whether Gehry’s own architecture was just about spectacle. Gehry’s response was to give the journalist the finger.

A long silence followed before a different reporter asked whether “emblematic buildings” such as his would continue to be a feature of modern cities.

“Let me tell you one thing,” he replied. “In this world we are living in, 98% of everything that is built and designed today is pure shit. There’s no sense of design, no respect for humanity or for anything else. They are damn buildings and that’s it. >>> Full story

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