Not only was yesterday the ten year anniversary of the word “weblog,” this week also has marked the tenth birthday of the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Thinking about the building has left everyone apparently in something of a reflective mood, going back to that age old question of LA’s place in the architectural world. Christopher Hawthorne was likely one of the more higher profile of those thinkers and his piece, “Still Aloof, Yet Totally L.A.” gets right back into the question and tries to give it some tinkering around in his head. Meanwhile, responding to Hawthorne, LAist has a great piece of writing about the building, coming to this conclusion:
The art isn’t the point at the Getty, that’s not why you go. The Getty itself is the point. We go up to look down, to look at the great grey gnarled paved mess to which we will return, we go to look at ourselves. We, Angelenos, are the building, the building is L.A.