Aug 9, 2007

photos of our trip to Milwaukee

A few from today's visit. If you see five, click the timestamp or the title to see all 11.

Our major destination: the Milwaukee Art Museum, home to an impressive collection of works classical and modern, and itself a work of art designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. This is a side view of the Burke Brise Soleil [sun break], which moves to accommodate the sun, and, at times, to music. Photogenic from almost any angle.

Seen from below, inside.

What a difference three hours make: we entered the museum just as rain clouds rolled out, and left when the remainder burned away. Oh, and I should mention that the MAM was the only reason we drove two hours to Milwaukee, since Melissa had been talking about going since her return from Spain. Thankfully, it was well worth the trip.

A view of Lake Michigan from the War Memorial that sits atop the museum.

Milwaukee, like a lot of cities, has architecture.

Also, it has a distinct lack of architectural consistency.

You can lease some Milwaukee architecture, if you feel so inclined.

Sadly, we didn't have time to stop in Sturtevant and visit the University of Lawsonomy, which apparently consists of a barn encouraging passersby to "Study Natural Law." Alfred Lawson was a crank of cranks.
In the 1920s, he promoted health practices including vegetarianism and claimed to have found the secret of living to 200. He also developed his own highly unusual theories of physics, according to which such concepts as "penetrability", "suction and pressure" and "zig-zag-and-swirl" were discoveries on par with Einstein's Theory of Relativity. He published numerous books on these concepts, all set in a distinctive typography. Lawson repeatedly predicted the worldwide adoption of Lawsonian principles by the year 2000.
Perhaps Lawson's beliefs never caught on because his students couldn't keep themselves from distraction, provided in two classic Wisconsin forms:

The Bong Recreation Area...

...and the Mars Cheese Castle.

I love Wisconsin.

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