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The Getty Center in Brentwood is a stunning site that displays both amazing architecture and natural beauty. Between the gorgeous curves, beautiful gardens and natural light, I had a field day taking photos. Everywhere you looked was an interesting scene. I will post more photos from my visit in the coming days.

One of the coolest things I learned about the Getty Center is that the architect Richard Meier used 16,000 tons of travertine from Italy to build the structure. (You can actually buy small pieces of the leftovers in the gift shop) Here is a note about the travertine from the Getty Center website:

Travertine
Meier chose stone for this project because it is often associated with public architecture and expresses qualities the Getty Center celebrates: permanence, solidity, simplicity, warmth, and craftsmanship.
The 16,000 tons of travertine are from Bagni di Tivoli, Italy, 15 miles east of Rome. Many of the stones revealed fossilized leaves, feathers, and branches when they were split along their natural grain. Meier and his staff worked for a year with the quarries to invent a process using a guillotine to produce the unique finish.

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