Gehry's Scribbles

There’s something wonderfully fascinating to me about Frank Gehry's sketches, that they seem so far from the finished product, while at the same time also embodying that very design. The sketches, seemingly wild scribbles, and the buildings are similar and dissimilar at the same time. 

Gehry is known his unique approach to design. He never uses a computer (“Frank still doesn't know how to use a computer. I mean, except to throw it at somebody.”), and very much takes inspiration from unexpected places, a crumpled cup for example. And even when a documentary was made about him, he sought a filmmaker who wasn’t a filmmaker. 

“Several people approached him with the idea of making a documentary about him,” said Sydney Pollack. “And when he asked me if I'd do it, I thought he was crazy. It's not just that I didn't know anything about making documentaries, I didn't even know anything about architecture.”

"That's why you're perfect," he said.