Building Plans for Los Angeles County Museum of Art Don't Live Up to Near $1 Billion Pricetag

August 13, 2014 6:56 PM

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Building Plans for Los Angeles County Museum of Art Don't Live Up to Near $1 Billion Pricetag

Suddenly Angelenos are being asked to buy the Brooklyn Bridge. The monumental bill of goods now up for sale is the take-it-or-leave-it design for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, priced somewhere between $650M and $1 billion. The two-story, ten-acre, amoeba-like building was unveiled last summer, but last month, the design made more news when it sprouted a tentacular pod that reached over Wilshire Boulevard, as though in a Hitchcock movie, to grab a vacant site across the street.

Besides the protoplasmic design, apparently inspired by the oozy La Brea Tar Pits themselves, the project raises questions about propriety since the design for a county museum on county land financed with hundreds of millions in public funds evolved outside the usual selection process (often a compe...

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