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I don't understand why the local politicians don't stand up to Gehry and prevent the hole in the steps. There's no other solution to the light problem? Really? Put in some LED's!!!
We all know that William Penn looks like he is holding his junk from certain angles. I am guessing that the view of William Penn from that hole is precisely that correct angle. Once again, I am am saddened for the local politicians for not having the insight, strength and brightness to see a problem and prevent world embarrassment.

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Tom - 8.28.2014 - 8:34 PM
I was very impressed with the changes to the museum. I strongely suggest that the front steps stay as they are. They are too iconic to change.

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Elaine - 8.28.2014 - 4:17 PM
love the whole design, but, leave the east stairs ALONE. they are an important symbol of philly.

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len - 8.28.2014 - 4:14 PM
this is dumb and awesome happy awesome boo boo :) :( bla bla bla happy man and sad women

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dumb - 8.28.2014 - 3:41 PM
awesome

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duncan - 8.28.2014 - 2:43 PM
I've heard a number of comments about the problematic nature of providing natural light to the space below the grat staircase (the Rocky steps.) I notice on the model that there are stepped pools on either side of the stairway. These are obviously lit by the sun. Cutting a window into the steps is aesthetically unpleasing to me. No disrespect to Stallone, but this is a lot more disruptive than a bronze of the mythical boxer. The statue symbolized Philadelphia, and probably actually has a place at the museum.So let's go to the stepped pools. If glass walls were put into the pools on the side facing the staircase, it would admit ample natural light into the space below the steps. In fact, instead of being a point source of light, it would be distributed along the sides of the space. This would admit a much more pleasing light.I suggest you consider this as a lighting option for the space below the stairs.Bill Belanger

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Bill Belanger, Media, PA - 8.28.2014 - 1:38 PM
Please implement this overhaul of the Philly Art M. We need to keep up with the world and display as much art as possible at one time. Renovating into the 21st centuryWhat a great vision. Frank Geary has put together a wonderful plan!!!!The Norton Simon M. is a better place for his ideas and the Disney Hall is really quite magical.Raise Money Now!

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Shelly - 8.28.2014 - 11:36 AM
Great design in general. I like the openness, the beautiful new exhibit spaces, and the changes to enhance flow within the building.It appears that the plan calls for the central portion of the vaulted archway to be removed to make way for the Forum. The vaulted archway is a treasure and cutting the central portion diminishes it. Please consider moving the Forum west and leaving the central portion of the vaulted archway intact. The vaulted archway could even be incorporated into the design of the Forum, e.g., by placing a walkway on top of the vaulted archway.The stone boxes enclosing the stairway srequired by building code at the ends of the existing wings look dumb. Please consider replacing them with glass enclosures displaying some of Frank Gehry's exuberance.

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Gerald R - 8.27.2014 - 8:30 PM
One question: What will happen to our beloved icon ROCKY!!!!????!!!???!!!?!???!!??!?!!?

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RockyFan1662343444 - 8.27.2014 - 7:57 PM
Some parts of the design are quite exciting and will bring more light into the Museum. However, I think in our climate, the idea of puncturing the stairs on the east side and creating an indentation is a bad idea. Also the number of skylights is a concern. Higher maintenance, cleaning costs, dealing with leaks, etc. all detract from this design. The interior changes though will be exciting to watch emerge.

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Peg - 8.27.2014 - 7:10 PM
Although I may be mistaken, the vast majority of these architectural additions appear to geared towards making this facility more accessible to the unwashed masses. This egalitarian nonsense must stop.

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Carlson, et al - 8.27.2014 - 5:16 PM
What an exciting vision for the Museum. I peer down the Level C galleries and see City Hall with Gehry's dramatic frame, and it makes me proud to be a Philadelphian. The iconic "Rocky steps" will be rejuvenated by the increased activity of people enjoying the view from both inside and out. Great show!

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Diana Post - 8.27.2014 - 4:21 PM
I'm pleased to hear about the next phase of this awesome museum- more art work, more accessibility, etc. I like the mingling of innovative interior spaces and art. I love the idea of brining so much more light into the museum. The plan for the east entrance with landscaping to soften the exterior with the fountain and glass into the gallery below is exciting.

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NAQUAN - 8.27.2014 - 3:22 PM
i'come from china.the museum is the best museum i have ever seen.

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ken - 8.27.2014 - 2:53 PM
I've never been to Philadelphia and its great to come and see the museum while I stay at college.

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Kendell - 8.27.2014 - 12:21 PM
I liked um da primary culors

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Tyler - 8.27.2014 - 12:12 PM
Glad I made it here before the exhibit closes (too bad it cannot extend a week or 2 into September for parents who have a difficult time dragging their teenagers out of their micro-worlds - mine is currently at work which facilitated my trek from the suburbs. I am calmer about the changes after seeing the exhibit and talking to the museum staff member. I am most concerned about the outside staircase. I am sure if the sunken stairway is built, I would use it. BEWARE though - it could become a major PR fiasco with national / international headlines along the lines of "Philly: the city that boos Santa Claus and turns its back on Rocky." I am a longtime member of the museum (19 years, I believe). I overheard the staff member telling another patron that he is new to Philly. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE the power of the Rocky steps as a bridge between the highbrow and lower-brow. I like the idea of making PMA more accessible. The greatest barrier is less the imposing outer structure of the building but the admission price - and yes, I am aware of the free / pay-what-you-wish admission options. But expect some PR backlash - I think you're guaranteed to get some quite nasty press out of literally digging out a hole in the outside steps. Too bad there isn't some way to leave the center of the staircase intact - I have no issue with the changes to the fountains along the edge and would find it easier to swallow, and less of a public relations disaster, if there were 2 sunken gardens on either side of the center. The other proposed changes are more acceptable to me.

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Marion - 8.27.2014 - 11:04 AM
I cannot believe that this huge plan for the museum dos not include placing the figures in the remaining transoms (I am not sure that is the proper term). Their absence has been troubling over the years. What do you see first as you reach the top of the famous stairs? The ugly bricks in the transom right in front of you. To me this should be a priority in the current plans.

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Kenneth Veith - 8.26.2014 - 10:11 PM
not enough anarchy, too many white people doing white people things

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Jonna - 8.26.2014 - 3:17 PM
I just recently graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia with a degree in interior design and I love the changes that Frank Gehry is developing for the interior of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I have always been an admirer of his work.

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Tiffany Booth - 8.26.2014 - 3:13 PM

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