Today’s Zippy takes us to Seattle:


The pop-culture experience of the EMP Museum.

An aerial view of the real thing:


From the twisted imaginings of Zippy to Seattle Center!

From Wikipedia:

EMP Museum is a nonprofit museum [in Seattle WA], dedicated to contemporary popular culture. … The museum, formerly known as Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMPSFM), has founded numerous public programs including Sound Off! an annual 21 and under battle-of-the-bands that supports the all-ages scene and Pop Conference an annual gathering of academics, critics, musicians and music buffs.

[It has the] largest collections in the world of rare artifacts, hand-written lyrics, personal instruments, and original photographs celebrating the music and history of Seattle musicians Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix.

EMP is located on the campus of Seattle Center, adjacent to the Space Needle and the Seattle Center Monorail, which runs through the building. The structure itself was designed by Frank Gehry, and resembles many of his firm’s other works in its sheet-metal construction, such as Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Gehry Tower. Much of the building material is exposed in the building’s interior. The building contains 140,000 square feet (13,000 m2), with a 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) footprint. The name of the museum’s central Sky Church pays homage to Jimi Hendrix.

… Even before groundbreaking, Seattle Weekly said the design could refer to “the often quoted comparison to a smashed electric guitar.” Indeed, Gehry himself had made the comparison, “We started collecting pictures of Stratocasters, bringing in guitar bodies, drawing on those shapes in developing our ideas.” The architecture was greeted by Seattle residents with a mixture of acclaim for Gehry and derision for this particular edifice.

The critics have not been kind.


Hendrix with Stratocaster

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