Whale Of A Museum For Fairbanks
Sep 16 2006, 12:24 AM
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Art museum reflects Alaska's wild side
Unusual building is as much a work of art as its contents
By Dan Joling
FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The museum on the hill looks like breaching whales. Or maybe the swooping white walls bring to mind shimmering northern lights. Or ships passing. Or the Earth's great tectonic plates shoved up and over one another.
The University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks, Alaska, cost $42 million and was more than a decade in the planning. The building's extraordinary design was inspired by Alaska's ice fields.
Architect Joan Soranno was not aiming for any particular image of Alaska in her design of the expanded University of Alaska Museum of the North. She wanted only to capture the spirit of the 49th state, and she found her inspiration in the wild land.
"There are no straight lines in the landscape," she says. "This building very much plays off that."
Sep 16 2006, 11:59 AM
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That picture looks more to me like a couple of ships as opposed to whales...but to each his own. I'm sure it is a great museum in it's own respect.
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