The Architect’s Dry Bones
I sang a certain song as I skipped along the downtown Milwaukee sidewalk. Alone.
MTM refused to accompany me on my mission to see the Santiago Calatrava addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum. It offended his tender architect sensibilities. But, because of him, this song stuck in my mind:
Santiago Calatrava is a Spanish architect. Famous. A starchitect. He’s designed structures all over the world. They always remind me of the movie Alien, only what it might be like to BE the alien baby, trapped inside its human host, waiting to burst through the wall of flesh and screech to life.
Perhaps it’s no coincidence that his buildings are…….unique. After all, another whacked Spanish architect before him drew multiple dream-like structures that dot the landscape of the city of Barcelona today. Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia may never be finished, but its multiple spires and cranes are a staple of the city skyline.
I bent against the gale from Lake Michigan and ran up the ramp, hoping I would not be dashed to bits of dry bones. The building soared above. A stingray. A fantastical ship. A seagull in flight.
I couldn’t decide. It’s always hard on a girl when she’s dead set against something, when she’s sure she will not like it, and then she walks through the doors and the experience is something else. Something transportive. Something powerful. I tiptoed around the open hall of white and took in how it framed the view of the lake. I noticed how it captured sound. I leaned back on a bench and stared at the sky through the ribs of the ceiling.
I knew what it was like to be in the movie Alien.
And, I didn’t care. I loved dem dry bones anyway.
If you’re in Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Art Museum is a must-visit. Their exhibitions are eclectic, and their main collection is varied and manageable.
Open Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–5 PM
Thursday until 8 PM
Closed Mondays (Open Monday, December 31st)
Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 24th and 25th
This post is part of the series Doing It Our Way, an homage to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, birthplace of MTM. If this is your first visit to the series, please check out the other installments:
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