highlights from 2012: disney hall garden

Sort­ing through last year’s pho­tos I ran across many lit­tle piles intended for blog post­ings that never happened.

One of the roads paved with good inten­tions led to Los Ange­les. We were up June 1 to the Walt Dis­ney Con­cert Hall for one of the pre­mier con­cert per­for­mances of John Adams’ new ora­to­rio The Pas­sion Accord­ing to the Other Mary, a big and sprawl­ing work with many amaz­ing musi­cal moments. (The piece is being reprised in early March in a ver­sion staged by Peters Sellars.)

Disney Hall exterior reflecting the sunset

Disney Hall exterior with evening sky

Disney Hall southwest side
Dis­ney Hall has estab­lished itself as an archi­tec­tural land­mark, for rea­sons that you can see here. But less pub­li­cized is its lit­tle roof gar­den.

Disney Hall Garden big rose fountain for Lilly Disney

The main cen­ter­piece is a delft blue-and-white rose foun­tain Frank Gehry designed for con­cert hall bene­fac­tor Lilly Dis­ney. Dur­ing mid­day the fountain’s blue col­ors play off the blue of the sky reflected in the thou­sands of reflec­tive facets of the con­cert hall’s stain­less steel exte­rior. But we were there at dusk and the reflected col­ors formed a back­drop of warm tones.

(Writ­ing now, in Jan­u­ary, when these short win­ter days sees dark­ness falling in late after­noon, it’s com­fort­ing to see that within a few months the sun will still be up late into the evening, sum­mer manic to counter the win­ter depres­sive. I can hardly wait!)

Disney Hall Garden big rose fountain for Lilly Disney alt

Disney Hall Garden Lilly Disney fountain

Disney Hall Garden plants

Disney Hall Garden Heuchera maxima

Disney Hall Garden coral tree and building

Disney Hall Garden coral tree and building alt

There was a nod to native Cal­i­for­nia with this clump of coral bells, Heuchera max­ima, but the other plants drew on the imported botan­i­cal palette that you see around South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. This bloom­ing coral trees were prob­a­bly the most promi­nent among them.

Disney Hall interior with the french fries

Going inside the hall, the wacked out organ pipes behind the orches­tra always amaze me. The archi­tect refers to them as his “French fries.”

So ends this delayed lit­tle tour of a sight from last year. If my blog host­ing ser­vice spares me fur­ther times with­out ser­vice, I’ll have a few more glimpses back ahead, along with what some South­ern Cal­i­for­nia gar­dens are doing in the length­en­ing days of late winter.

6 thoughts on “highlights from 2012: disney hall garden

  1. ricki

    We saw that build­ing under con­struc­tion, but have not been back to see the fin­ished prod­uct. You cer­tainly cap­tured the sculp­tural qual­ity in your stun­ning photos.

  2. maggie

    Thanks for let­ting me know about that roof gar­den! I had no idea it existed. I love your first photo show­ing the build­ing side and the foun­tain.
    Is that blue and white rose glazed ceramic, or is it terrazzo?

  3. James Post author

    Thanks for your com­ments, every­one! Mag­gie, yes, the foun­tain is made of glazed, shat­tered ceramic. Some of it’s tiles, but appar­ently a num­ber of vases gave their lives for the greater good as well.

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