Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Millennium Park in Chicago was so full of great sculpture and architecture that I'm doing a 3 part series. Today's feature is the Jay Pritzker Pavilion designed by architect Frank Gehry.

The Jay Pritzker Pavilion forms the heart of Millennium Park. The venue is named after the Chicago businessman, whose family (owners of Hyatt hotels) made generous contributions in support of the project.

The overhead trellis supports the outdoor sound system, which is designed to replicate the acoustics of a concert hall. There are 4,000 fixed seats, plus another 7,000 can be accommodated on the Great Lawn.

The brushed stainless steel panels cover ribbons of aluminum, forming a headdress for the stage. The highest center point rises 150 feet into the air.

The pavilion hosts the summer Grant Park Music Festival, theatrical events and concerts. Even the Oprah show has taped at the pavilion!!

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