Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry – Burke Brise Soleil

Thanks to the Daily Press Weekly Photo Challenge I suddenly have an appreciation of the geometric designs in the buildings that I greatly admire.

These pictures were taken a couple of years ago when we attended Easter Sunday Mass in Holy Hill in Wisconsin. When Dad was still around we would normally stop by Milwaukee and look around. But lately we have been ignoring it, thinking what else was there to see – old buildings, breweries, old museums which couldn’t compare to what Chicago has to offer. To our surprise, I was dumbstruck to see their modern museum by Michigan Lake. Impressed and in awe, I was.

Another structure that I like is the Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. But I think I have taken more detailed pictures of the Burke Brise Soleil of the Milwaukee Art Museum that fits this week’s challenge and I hope you agree.

From someone who hardly passed her geometry subject in high school, here they are.

Architect: Santiago Calatrava

Here’s some specifics of the Burke Brise Soleil taken from the Museum’s website: “The Museum’s signature wings, the Burke Brise Soleil, form a moveable sunscreen with a 217-foot wingspan. The brise soleil is made up of 72 steel fins, ranging in length from 26 to 105 feet. The entire structure weighs 90 tons. It takes 3.5 minutes for the wings to open or close. Sensors on the fins continually monitor wind speed and direction; whenever winds exceed 23 mph for more than 3 seconds, the wings close automatically.”

Inside, it is as photogenic. There is not a corner that you won’t like in this architectural wonder. The interior painted all white is bathe in natural light, one feels you’re in flight.

Windhover Hall

Skylight (the nave)

A wing hallway

Side windows

I can’t wait to see my blog friends’ entries for this week here.

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18 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry – Burke Brise Soleil

  1. Well done! there was something called a square of a pi’ed hypotenuse, but that’s all I remember from geometry too!


  2. bebs1 says:

    Pi’ed hypoténuse, what is that? Thank you Richard!


  3. More than pass. A+ 😉


  4. bebs1 says:

    Yeeey, thanks!


  5. YOur Geometry teacher would be proud of you. A+ Thanks for sharing.


  6. Hero says:

    I like the geometric structure!


  7. Deborah - d.mooncrab says:

    That is impressive. Beautiful pictures, A+ on geometry. 🙂


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  9. bebs1 says:

    Thank you Deborah!


  10. bebs1 says:

    Oh thank you! Am glad you liked it.


  11. Wow! Impressive architectural design. You captured the beauty and wonder of the place in your images.


  12. bebs1 says:

    When you come to Chicago, Milwaukee is only a couple of hours away. To Texans that is close, right?


  13. djmrakiey says:

    Cool shots… I like the very defined lines. ♥


  14. Jon R White says:

    I am working on a piece of art (Rock and sharpie on cork; mounted on cork) including the Soloman Juneau cabin, US Bank building and the Milwaukee Art Museum (primary focus on the Burke Bris Soleil) with di Suvero’s “The Calling” sculpture in it’s forground. (“The Calling” is locally known as Sunburst)


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