92-year-old Frank Gehry, a Toronto native, lives in Los Angeles, California. While other men and women his age have long been retired, Frank has been working away in his personal art studio. In fact, he has been more focused now that Covid-19 has been confining us all inside our homes. You see, Frank is a sculptor, and he feels the need to give back to his city and his community of L.A.
Frank Gehry uses his art projects, which range from modernized takes on the Warner Bros. office buildings located in Burbank to a design he created for a jazz opera called 'Iphigenia' by bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding. Gehry's sculptures are made out of glass and textured metal, cascading high towards the ceiling of his art studio.
But what I admire most about Frank is that his hobby isn't limited to recreational viewing. According to a New York Times article, he's also working on his own public housing designs for homeless military veterans. For those who aren't aware, California has a big homelessness problem, so the fact that Mr. Gehry is trying to do something to fix this issue at 92 years old is nothing short of incredible.
The same article I read from notes that Frank has been working closely with a local activist who founded 'Turnaround Arts: California,' which is a nonprofit organization that aims to provide low-income schools with visual arts education. Gehry has said on the subject, "It's a labor of love." With all the craziness happening in the world, it's nice to shed some light on someone who's working to help make a difference in the lives of those who desperately need it with his unique brand of art.
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