Photo(s) of the Week: Steel wings of Milwaukee Art Museum

| July 25, 2013 | 14 Comments More

Movable steel wings of Milwaukee Art Museumcreated by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava

The Burke Brise Soleil, a 90-ton movable sunscreen on top of the museum’s postmodern pavilion, is the building’s signature feature. During the day the steel wings open and extend to a wingspan of 217 feet (66 m), comparable to that of a Boeing 747.

Calatrava’s design was meant to be both functional and symbolic: the sunscreen controls how much light is let in, and the wings open to welcome visitors.

For pictures of the interior, see: Inside Milwaukee Art Museum.

Milwaukee Art Museum

Pedestrian bridge connects the museum to downtown

Milwaukee Art Museum

View of the museum facing Lake Michigan

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Thank you to Visit Milwaukee and their associates for hosting me in the city. All opinions, as always, are mine.
Source consulted: Milwaukee Art Museum

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Pola Henderson is a travel writer and city explorer. Besides Jetting Around, her writing credits include CNN, Yahoo, Expedia, MasterCard, among others. She also runs JA Media, a boutique agency specializing in content writing and event production. Happily multicultural, Pola grew up in Krakow, lived in Chicago for 13 years, and is currently based in her soul city Paris.

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  1. avatar nicole says:

    Wow. that’s really cool. I’ve been hearing awesome things about Milwaukee. We’re going to have to give them a visit. =)

  2. avatar Beth says:

    LOOOOVE this art museum! The pictures are incredibly beautiful, though people should definitely see the wings open and close in action — such a neat thing to watch each day when the museum opens and closes! Always so talented Pola :)

  3. What a cool building! I love the way you captured it too.

  4. Wow! What a spectacular design! On that last pic, it looks like the tail of a whale coming out of the water!

  5. avatar Anita Mac says:

    Very cool…would love to see it in action!

  6. Interesting building. Despite going up to Milwaukee for decades, I have never seen it. Thanks for letting me know it is there.

  7. it looks like a spaceship!!

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