Frank Gehry has revealed contentious plans to redevelop the Philadelphia Museum of Art and create a new window in the centre of the city’s world-famous ‘Rocky Steps’
The 85 year-old Pritzker-winner has proposed placing a seven metre-wide opening into the iconic steps where fictional boxer Rocky Balboa trained.
The daring vision is part of a £205 million scheme to create a series of underground galleries beneath the Neo-Classical landmark which is planned to complete in 2028.
An exhibition of the designs will open tomorrow (1 July) and the architect has already admitted reshaping the memorable steps was ‘not a done deal’ – reported BBC News.
‘It’s something to talk about,’ he said. An online poll by Curbed Philadelphia currently shows 55 per cent of respondents supporting the proposal.
The steps became a major tourist attraction after featuring in the triple-Oscar-winning film Rocky and four of its sequels.
Visitors often climb the 72-steps to recreate the moment the boxer, played by Sylvester Stallone, raises his arms at the apex.
A bronze statue of the character was placed at the top of the stairs during filming of Rocky III and later moved to ground level.