It’s been 10 years!?
On the one hand, I feel like St. Petersburg’s most celebrated museum opened its iconic building just yesterday, and on the other hand it’s become such a landmark that it feels like it’s been here forever.
But no, it was back on Jan. 11, 2011, that a wacky parade led by a man in a snail hat celebrated the opening of the eye-popping $36 million edifice. Designed by local starchitect Yann Weymouth, its distinctively bulbous glass “Enigma” would become a backdrop for selfies for years to come, providing a dramatic new backdrop for a collection that had been housed since the museum’s founding in 1982 in a drab box of a building now being used by USF St. Pete.
Unfortunately, timed tickets to the museum are sold out for today (Monday), but the museum has arranged for some fascinating-sounding virtual events. At 6 p.m. this evening, there’s A Conversation on Architecture & Community — a Zoom discussion with USF professors Robert MacLeod and Josue Robles on the importance of architecture. And on Jan. 29 at 6 p.m., there’s the premiere of a video in which local leaders reflect on the decade ahead.
The museum invites the community to share memories and anniversary wishes on social media. They will be posting throughout the day on their channels and sharing Yann Weymouth’s answers to questions submitted by our followers for #AskTheArchitect.