Architecture and music: The EMP museum on Seattle

What could have in common Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Frank Gehry and Ray Bradbury? Well, apparently nothing but in 2000, Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, founded a non-profit museum dedicated to contemporary popular culture denominated EMP museum (Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame).

The building was designed by Frank Gehry using a sheet-metal construction. Gehry said about the creative process of the museum: “We started collecting pictures of Stratocasters, bringing in guitar bodies, drawing on those shapes in developing our ideas”.

The collection of music includes the world’s largest collection of Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana memorabilia, including hand-written lyrics, personal instruments and original photographs. Also includes a guitar sculpture called IF VI WAS IX” consisting of more than 500 musical instruments and 30 computers, conceived by Uk exhibit designer Neal Potter and developed by sound sculptor Trimpin. 

In the other part of the museum there are several galleries dedicated to Science Fiction including this artifacts: Captain Kirk’s command chair from Star Trek, the B9 robot from Lost in Space, the Death Star Model from Star Wars, among others. 

And in the Fantasy Hall of Fame, you can find names as Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin and Arthur C. Clarke, among others.


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