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A Work of Art – the Milwaukee Art Museum at Night

The Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a work of art. It has always been my favorite art museum to visit. The Quadracci Pavilion was designed by Santiago Calatrava and its construction was completed in 2001. One of the most dramatic features of the Quadracci Pavilion is the Burke Brise Soleil. This is a moveable sunscreen with a huge wingspan. The wings open and close twice a day, weather permitting. There are wind sensors on the wings that monitor wind speeds from all directions. The wings will automatically close if the wind speed is 23 miles per hour or more for more than 3 seconds.

Milwaukee Art Museum, Quadracci Pavilion designed by Santiago Calatrava

We were at the Milwaukee lakefront with our cameras on a warm evening in late September several years ago. The museum was open late that night, and the winds were calm so the wings were open. There is a fountain outside of the museum. When the museum was getting ready to close for the night, they turned off the fountain. I was able to capture some interesting photographs in the reflection of the pond.

Reflections of the Milwaukee Art Museum

Once the museum was closed, I was able to turn and get some photographs of the city night lights reflected in the fountain pond.

Reflections in the fountain pond in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Milwaukee City Lights Reflected in the Fountain Pond at the Milwaukee Art Museum

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Beautiful Sun Adventures is brought to you by Deb Beausoleil, a landscape photographer living in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her photography can be viewed (and purchased!) at her website, Beautiful Sun Photography.

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