World renowned architect Frank Gehry, the creative force behind the Guggenheim Museum in Spain, Louis Vuitton’s iconic flagship store in Paris, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, raised his Pritzker-prize winning middle finger to a journalist this week.
At a press conference in Spain, the journalist in question inquired as to how Gehry felt about people calling his buildings ‘a spectacle’, to which the Godfather of Deconstructivism slowly raised his middle finger, in response.
Gehry, 85, a Canadian-American architectural maestro, whose numerous projects around the world have gone on to become tourist attractions, went on to reply that 98 percent of the world’s buildings are ‘pure sh*t’ saying the designers have no sense of design, no respect for humanity or for anything else.
According to The Guardian he was quoted saying, “They are damn buildings and that’s it. Once in a while, a group of people do something special. Very few, but God, leave us alone. We are dedicated to our work.”
“I work with clients who respect the art of architecture. Therefore, please don’t ask questions as stupid as that one,” he added.
An uncomfortable silence followed his response, although later, the outspoken architectural wiz reportedly apologized for his remarks, saying he was jet-lagged and that reporters had caught him in a ‘bad mood’.