Snipes and Snips
From the desk of Jeff Atlas
Q: The new SFMOMA is about to open. Any thoughts?
A: The architects, Snohetta, have done some remarkable buildings. Their Norwegian Opera House put them on the international map. Deservedly.
Of course, I will reserve judgement about SFMOMA until it opens, but there is something I don’t understand. The rippled facade is the signature element of the building. Yet, most of it can’t be seen as one walks down the
alley to the entrance. I’ve noticed that most drawings and photos show an impossible vantage point. Unless one is a drone or sea gull, I don’t know how the entire front can be seen. But we shall, quite literally, see.
Or maybe I am still disappointed: I think it would have been a better idea to repurpose the old Metreon as the new SFMOMA. Gut the interior and re-skin the building, but keep the theaters, which could also be used for lecture halls and special events. It would have cost less and kept the integrity of the arts district. Oh well.
Snipe of the month:
"THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE RICH AND POOR? THE POOR SPEND A LOT OF TIME THINKING ABOUT BEING RICH. AND THE RICH SPEND NO TIME THINKING ABOUT BEING POOR."
Q: I heard you live on “The Crooked Street.” What’s that like?
A: Well, since I have been there for 20 years, it must be great. Actually, it’s alot of fun, along with a little aggravation. People are in such a good mood when they visit. It’s like Disneyland; it’s a happy place. I have met people from around the world. And one never knows what the next day will bring. I have seen unicycles, a parade of SmartCars, and Ferraris from the Gumball 3000 rally.
My favorite memory is the street transformed into a giant version of the Candyland board, to celebrate the game’s 60th anniversary. The pictures look Photoshopped, but they aren’t.