Frank Gehry had a few harsh words for a reporter who recently asked how he responds to critics who say he practices ‘flashy architecture’ at a press conference in Oviedo, Spain.
The architect is on record for having replied with: “Let me tell you one thing. In this world we are living in, 98% of everything that is built and designed today is pure shit. There’s no sense of design, no respect for humanity or for anything else. They are damn buildings and that’s it.
“Once in a while, however, there’s a small group of people who does something special. Very few. But good god, leave us alone! We are dedicated to our work. I don’t ask for work. I don’t have a publicist. I’m not waiting for anyone to call me. I work with clients who respect the art of architecture. Therefore, please don’t ask questions as stupid as that one.”
The 85-year-old architect, who was there to receive Prince of Asturias Awards for the Arts, followed up the response by flashing the journalist his middle finger.