The Milwaukee Art Museum’s Calatrava Addition

Posted on November 4, 2013. Filed under: Art, Photography, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , |

Photography - Calatrava 1While in North Dakota a week ago I was asked what there is to see in Milwaukee.  I think there are several reasons to come to the city, but the Quadracci Pavilion by Santiago Calatrava is definitely my favorite and probably the most recent reason for the city to achieve international interest.

The building is breathtaking from outside as seen here with the brise soleil closed in the morning.  And the magnificent wings opening to greet the expansive waters of Lake Michigan is something to see.

Photography - Calatrava 2

Here it is opened just a few minutes later.  This was quite a feat of engineering.  I remember when it was in the design phase and there was a lot of concern about how to make this structure sturdy enough to withstand the wicked winds and snows that come off the lake.

Photography - Calatrava 3But then, to enter and experience this structure from inside, well, it moves me.  It provides such peaceful spaces filled with natural light.  Going to the museum to experience the art is a treat, but just approaching, entering, and experiencing this building makes it a very special day, no matter when I go.

It’s no wonder we get visitors from the world over who want to see this sculptural building for themselves.  North Dakotans, yes, it’s worth a trip to Milwaukee, if only for this!

A special thanks to William McCluskey for sharing his photography for today’s post.

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Wow – what a cool building!!! That is a great tourist attraction for sure!! I guess I’ll have to get myself to Milwaukee one day. 🙂

Do come! When you do let me know, I’d love to meet you in person!


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