Sunday, April 13, 2008

Experience Music Project

Yesterday we took the kids to the Experience Music Project which is "dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in popular music". The entire building is considered one huge sculpture and situated at the Seattle Center. The shot below has the Space Needle behind it. It was built for the 1962 worlds fair.

Here is a shot of the EMP with the Monorail coming out of it. Chris and the kids are in the foreground.

One more shot of a different side of the EMP with Connor.

Attached to the EMP is the Science Fiction Museum. My hubby is a HUGE Sci Fi fan so he was in heaven. You might say it's like the mother ship calling him home. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take photos inside the SFM. Some items of interest were costumes from Films such as Blade Runner, Star Wars and Aliens. Props from TV shows like Red Dwarf and Star Trek (including captain Kirk's chair). There was even Borg and Storm Trooper costumes created by fans.

This is an interior shot of the EMP. Notice how there are a lot of curving lines, colors and materials including wood, cement, metal and glass. It echoes the exterior and doesn't quite fit in with the buildings that surround it but Seattle has embraced it.

This sculpture has over 700 guitars in it. If you look closely you can also find a few keyboards, a bass and an accordion.

Connor and Chris looking at the guitar sculpture. Behind them is the American Sabor exhibit. A temporary exhibit about Latinos in American popular culture. We didn't have the time to see this today but I will definitely go back before it's gone.

Bass at the top of the guitar sculpture.

My hubby thought this record jacket was funny. This was in the permanent exhibit Northwest Passage, which explores "development of the Northwest music scene, from its beginnings as a small, isolated community to its status during the grunge years as the center of the rock universe". They have costumes from bands such as Heart and Paul Revere and the Raiders. They also have a guitar owned by Kurt Cobain and part of a drum set of Dave Grohl (Nirvana and Foo Fighters fame).

Gene Simmons costume from his band Kiss presides over the stairwell to the exhibits.

The Beatles Apple.

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