PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A proposal
to change the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, made famous
in the "Rocky" movie, is not definite, architect Frank Gehry said on
Plans for a major expansion of the museum, unveiled to the
media on Thursday, call for a 24-foot (7.3-meter) window in the
center of the broad stairs seen in Sylvester Stallone's
Oscar-winning 1976 movie. In one of the film's most memorable
scenes, Stallone's underdog boxer, Rocky Balboa, climbs the
stairs as part of his training and exults upon reaching the top.
The window would connect to underground galleries to be designed
by Gehry, known for dramatic, modernist designs, including the
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain.
From inside, visitors would get a view of the Philadelphia
"We're talking about a window to the city, Gehry told reporters
on Thursday. It's not a done deal. It's something to talk
Officials at the museum said they anticipate some public
reaction to the proposal to change the 72 steps, which rank
among the most popular tourist attractions in Philadelphia.