When the Guggenheim Bilbao museum opened 20 years in the past it was described by many as a starship from outer house. Its swirling roof is manufactured from paper-thin titanium tiles—33,000 of them—masking the constructing like fish scales. At the time, it was such a novelty that the museum needed to fee a chemical laboratory to provide a customized liquid to wash the titanium!


Guggenheim Bilbao (photograph by Trashhand)

The museum was an uncommon experiment not simply due to its gleaming shell. Over twenty years in the past, following the collapse of the standard industries Bilbao was constructed on, town was scarred with industrial wastelands, deserted factories, and a neighborhood by unemployment and social tensions. Bilbao stunned the world (and raised just a few eyebrows) with a singular concept to kickstart town’s regeneration, and so they got down to construct—not new factories or new roads—however as a substitute a brand new middle for contemporary artwork.

Since then, the museum has attracted 19 million guests and have become the epicenter of the city renewal that rippled via Bilbao. Today it stands as an icon of town and its profitable self-transformation. To have fun the Guggenheim’s 20th anniversary, Google Arts & Culture partnered with the museum to deliver their tales to you and present it from a unique approach.

But how do you discover a unique approach on one of many world’s most photographed buildings? Google invited Johan Tonnoir—identified for working and leaping throughout Paris’s busy rooftops with solely a pair of sturdy sneakers—to the Guggenheim.

Bending Gravity on the Museum Guggenheim Bilbao