Earl and I spent the first half of this day at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Originally, I’d wanted to visit because of its unusual architecture created by Spaniard Santiago Calatrava; but I found the contents inside to be worthwhile too. Currently there is a special exhibit of the work of Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian artist credited with creating the first truly abstract paintings. There are also Georgia O’Keefe originals and a contemporary photographic exhibit of life in Milwaukee.
But back to the architecture. Calatrava’s design suggests a giant bird with actual wings that move up and down a couple times a day. We didn’t get to see the movement, but I believe it is worth returning for.
The afternoon saw us at Miller Park, the baseball home of the Milwaukee Brewers. Like the Art Museum, it too has moveable parts. When the weather is good, patrons enjoy the feeling of an outdoor stadium; but when the sun goes south there is a moveable rooftop that shields everyone from wind and rain. Today when we arrived the roof was open, but as the game progressed and the rains came it moved into the closed position. It wasn’t as esthetic as the Calatrava architecture, but it was definitely functional.
Unfortunately, the opened or closed roof didn’t seem to affect the Brewers’ playing abilities. They were drubbed by the visitors 10 to 2.