ships + wings





From far away, we thought it was a magnificent ship just setting out from shore into the blue of Lake Michigan. We were walking out to the water before lunch. But – were those wings, or sails? Was it docked? Ashore? Or taking off? As we walked closer, our brains and eyes kept adjusting, recalculating, and the ship-bird shifted in and out focus.

We learned a few things: 1. Hyperreality (“Oh, the Mona Lisa? Yeah, I’ve seen it. On the internet.”) takes the fun out of truly seeing something for the first time and should be avoided when possible. 2. Santiago Calatrava designed the recent Milwaukee Art Museum addition with moving wings that open and close. 3. Wings are not so different from sails.

6 comments:

  1. love that place. just passed this on my last visit to milwaukee and thought "you really need to get back there." you've inspired me to stop next time.

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  2. That's a beautiful museum... I don't know if I could pay attention to the art in a museum like that

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  3. Wow. So beautiful ... I'll have to add that on to my ever growing list of places to visit. :)

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  4. beautiful. Hyperreality was how I studied in architecture school :/ Thankfully, Notre Dame & Villa Savoye still took my breath away :) Compressing the air around buildings with our skin is the true study of architecture - I vastly prefer it too.

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  5. Was that place in Transformers III? Also beautiful photos and blog! I am so happy I looked through the staff on the kinfolk website!

    Chao
    Poppie
    http://thepoppie.com

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  6. that second image...WOW. i want to visit...

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