The Quadracci Pavilion is a sculptural, postmodern addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum completed in 2001, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
The Museum’s signature wings, the Burke Brise Soleil, form a moveable sunscreen with a 217-foot wingspan. The brise soleil consists of 72 steel fins, ranging in length from 26 to 105 feet. The entire structure weighs 90 tons, and it takes 3.5 minutes for the wings to open or close. Fin sensors continually monitor wind speed and direction, whenever winds exceed 23 mph for more than 3 seconds, the wings close automatically.
According to Santiago Calatrava, “in the crowning element of the brise soleil, the building’s form is at once formal (completing the composition), functional (controlling the level of light), symbolic (opening to welcome visitors), and iconic (creating a memorable image for the Museum and the city).”
This is a superb piece of architecture, linked to downtown Milwaukee by a footbridge ( the vantage point from which this image was taken).. It was a very gloomy December day when I visited, bitingly cold, but I took this image with a view to converting it to monochrome. Definitely on my list of "locations to revisit" when I next visit my daughter in Wisconsin. On this visit , my first visit to this location, I had my eighteen month old grandson with me, and it was far too cold to subject him to going down onto the shores of Lake Michigan to take shots from other angles.
A pretty impressive building from the inside too!
As always Thanks for Looking.
Off to hospital later today for another lung biopsy, 15 months with a partially deflated lung . Will catch up when able.