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Hey how about some money to finish the sculptures inside the pediments (the triangles at the top of each wing)? If part of the point is to make more space for Eastern and Modern Art, how about representing those on the outside of the museum? This should be a no brainer and cost little money. Hell, I could get some of my buddies to tag the brick for the "modern" section for free. ;)Also I love this goofy comment PC. It's Art Museum 2.0!

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Justin Roman - 7.23.2014 - 8:22 PM
Not a resident, so not as familiar with the museum as others, but I do really like most of the proposals. I extremely dislike the idea for cutting into the front stairs. The view from the lower level towards city hall is not that great. Altering the stairs is not worth it.I also dislike the perfunctory stair tower additions. I realize they are required, but I believe they could be improved upon. Perhaps distinguishing from the existing would be better here, rather than attempting to blend in. Could be an opportunity for a signature flourish of metal or glass. Unless they are hidden with foliage, the simple forms, albeit with a glass reveal, feel foreign and tacked on to the existing.

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Matt Hildebrandt - 7.23.2014 - 5:07 PM
Once again, Philadelphians fail to realize what makes them unique and special and purge anything that appears to have personality. Love park comes to mind - that was a great place to skate back in the day. Sigh...
Redesigning - destroying - the front steps, made world famous by our beloved movie, is just plain stupid. Like it or not, the Rocky movie has given Philly personality and style. Albeit rough around the edges it is who we are. I will be sad to see those steps and the personality purged from our history, only to be replaced by something ultimately bland and benign. Because its purpose is to generate cash and designed by a guy foreign to our city.

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cicc - 7.22.2014 - 11:36 PM
It is thrilling to see models of a very intriguing plan to enlarge the gallery space to allow more of the great collection to be on exhibit. It also is amazing to see the fabulous light able to be brought into the space while additionally making movement through the space so much more sensible. I look forward to seeing the dramatic and wonderful changes occur over time.

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Jackie Wolf - 7.22.2014 - 4:39 PM
Really excited about Gehry's design! I have been coming to this museum for about forty years and love it so much. It's exciting to think it will become even more of a destination to world travelers and give the museum more room to exhibit their treasures. What a wonderful, transformative opportunity!

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Susan Duncan - 7.22.2014 - 3:19 PM
Overall, a very impressive treatment of existing spaces, and the proposed expansions make sense. BUT -- Please do not mess with the Steps! You seem to have no idea how iconic they really are! (I note that the quite beautiful architectural models do not show all the stair runners...) The view from the top of the steps is already the iconic Parkway view; there is no need to add another one, in particular one that offers relatively little panorama. This goes doubly if the pediment does, in fact, become an overlook, in addition to the current view offered from the tapestry gallery at the top of the Great Stair.Skylight in the fountain, check; skylights in the plaza, check; cutting into the edges of the plaza, check. So why mess with the Steps (capitalized because that's what all the international guidebooks do.)

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Greg Pastore - 7.22.2014 - 2:30 PM
Love the Rocky stairs! The new design incorporates the Rocky stairs so I think it's a good design. Keep it as original as can be.

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Dotty Donovan - 7.22.2014 - 2:04 PM
Love most of the changes, but disagree with the idea of glazing the pediments and most of all hate the idea of cutting into the wonderful stair to the front of the building. It's not broken.....Don't "fix" it.

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Larry - 7.22.2014 - 1:13 PM
First time here was an amazing experience. The art makes you want to be back in that time period. From Brooklyn N.Y. by way of Delaware.

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Ken Butler - 7.20.2014 - 3:47 PM
Sad that there will be no dramatic Frank G. external architecture but Philadelphia is Philadelphia. I think it is a missed opportunity that the city will come to regret. What he did is still great and badly needed.

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Bill k - 7.20.2014 - 3:22 PM
Some of this is admirable -- but the idea of glazing the pediments is nothing short of horrifying. Likewise cutting into the steps -- which belong (symbolically at least) to all Philadelphians, not just to PMA.

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Nancy T - 7.20.2014 - 3:18 PM
While I admire and approve of almost everything that is planned for the refurbishment of the Art Museum, I can not see what is to be gained by the new opening in the steps. Quite apart from the now worldwide benefit to Philadelphia and the "Rocky Steps", the gain is not sufficient to excuse the enormous change to the original architect's evocation of a classic Greek temple.

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ERIC HALL - 7.20.2014 - 3:14 PM
I've lived on a corner of 22nd Street leading to the Parkway for nearly 3 decades. If I had a nickel for every passing tourist that asked for directions to the "Rocky Steps", I'd be rich by now. Please do not mess with an iconic symbol of our great city.

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Maureen Hall - 7.20.2014 - 3:09 PM
I do not know how much will be built; I hope the changes are implemented. I love this building but whats more important is the art. The physical objects and the people that come to see them. Anything that takes our eyes off screens, away from the internet, and into a physical space with world-class art is worth a try. I believe these plans will help bring people in; best of luck!

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Daniel Swartz - 7.20.2014 - 2:45 PM
I hope that these planned renovations truly bring in an amazing amount of revenue that supports community arts via the PMA. ARchitecture cannot just be pretty. Power comes with the privilege and responsibility to serve communities. I would love to see the PMA be a space where diverse Philadelphians feel welcome and recognized. Here's a challenge: find a way to alleviate the issues of drugs in communities through art. Go.

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Elena - 7.20.2014 - 2:43 PM
I truly enjoyed the exhibition -- but I am very concerned about the changing of the front steps -- the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum is part of our Iconic areas of Philadelphia -- Its a true landmark of this city -- While I love the changes -- I think changes to the steps should be minimal

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CHRIS M - 7.20.2014 - 1:36 PM
It`s all great, just take that rocky statue out!

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thiago - 7.20.2014 - 1:34 PM
I love the proposed redesign but am strongly opposed to the cut out to the stairs facing East toward CityHall> I think that the sweep of the stairs is too majestic to fiddle with. Otherwise everything else seems most exciting.

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David Winikur - 7.20.2014 - 12:55 PM
GOOD IS VERY GOOD

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Anonymous - 7.20.2014 - 12:29 PM
TRES BEAU

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Antoine - 7.20.2014 - 11:45 AM

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