Transcending Decay: The Restoration of An Industrial Community
In Southern California's expansionist development milieu, where disposing of old buildings remains the norm, the idea of recycling derelict factories and warehouses as a means of revitalizing a declining industrial community is startling. Yet in the industrial district of one small city, this is exactly what a visionary partnership of developers and an architect have been doing, in the process creating what the New York Times has called "an impressive fusion of economic renewal, innovative design, and cultural awareness."
Synergy and Collaboration: A Conversation with Barry Munitz
The president and chief executive officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust reflects upon the mission of the Getty, the role of education and conservation in its work, and its responsibility to its home community of Los Angeles.
Preservation in Los Angeles
During the 20th century, Los Angeles developed a rich but not widely appreciated cultural heritage that is often overshadowed by its Tinseltown reputation. In recognition of the cultural legacy of the city that is home to the Getty Center, the GCI is continuing its long-term commitment to Los Angeles by focusing on ways to contribute to the conservation of the city's significant built heritage. In this section, we offer a few brief descriptions of significant places in Los Angeles and environs, "snapshots" that give a glimpse of some of the historic richness in this still-young American community.
Unveiling Prague's Golden Gate: Conservation of The Last Judgment Mosaic
Among the most extraordinary of Prague's artistic treasures is The Last Judgment mosaic on the facade above the south entrance of St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague Castle. Considered one of the great monuments in the Czech Republic, the work is the most significant exterior medieval mosaic north of the Alps. For most of its existence, its vivid colors have been rendered invisible, covered over by a layer of corrosion that would repeatedly form after each cleaning. But now—perhaps for the first time since the mosaic's creation—visitors can finally see the full brilliance of the colors in this magnificent 14th-century masterpiece, thanks to a collaboration between the Czech government and the GCI.
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