Sunday, August 26, 2007

Architecture as Art

This is a photo from the inside of the Quadracci Pavilion at the Milwaukee Art Museum - it was designed by Santiago Calatrava and has wings that open (wind permitting) when the museum opens. That's what is visible through the glass. It's a great space and when I'm in it, I understand how architects impact our lives by designing a building that is pure art and joy.

The second photo is of an Alexander Calder mobile that is suspended in the pavilion at the art center.

The other photos show the building ready to take flight and the wings.

One knotting project using silk strands didn't work out as well as I had planned, so I'll have to try to take it apart and redo it later.

I began working on a spiral using peridot for my mother's birthday and didn't have time to finish it on time for her birthday. I'll have to work on it this week - shouldn't take too long to get it all done. Of course it required yet another trip to the bead store. I'm banning myself for the time being, at least, although my aunt asked for another glasses necklace for which I may not have the right beads - isn't that the way it always goes?

The Rings and Things Trunk Show is coming to town on the 12th of September. I may have to go take a look. We'll see.


The Lone Beader said...

That's wicked cool.

Any Smith said...

It's just the most amazing space - the pavilion overlooks Lake Michigan.

I need to go there again, soon.

KV said...

Being the wife of an architect, I thoroughly enjoyed your comments on this building.

Amazing how well designed spaces make us feel so good.

Kathy V in NM

Hélène H said...

Wow, this is incredible !

Any Smith said...

Kathy, I am the daughter of an architect and have known a few over the years. Funny what we learn by osmosis, isn't it?

It is an incredible space and if any of you come to Milwaukee for the Bead and Button Show, the Calatrava is a MUST!