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A visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum

April 5, 2019 | by Kariann Morris

Written by Lisa Boyer

Project Manager Lisa Boyer visited the beautiful Milwaukee Art Museum while in town to see Visa Lighting Factory. The museum is an architectural landmark, comprised of three buildings designed by three legendary architects: Eero Saarinen, David Kahler, and Santiago Calatrava.

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava designed this unique Quadracci Pavilion as part of the museum to stand out and help provide heating and light controls for the reception area below.  The “wings” are known as the Burke Brise Soleil and can be raised or lowed as long as the weather permits. These “wings” open at 10 a.m. and close for the day when the museum closes at night.  At noon, the “wings” “flap” to music for all the visitors to enjoy.

The movable wing-like sunscreen fins range in length from 26 to 105 feet and has an overall wingspan of 217 feet at its widest point.

Located right on Lake Michigan, it was the perfect location for an early spring, sunny day lunch!