(I am wondering if this will even post. For the last couple of days I have not been able to post comments on anyone’s stories. It just goes to a blank screen or a server error message)
Santiago Calatrava's Milwaukee Art Museum is one of the strangest buildings I have ever seen or heard of.
I have no supernatural beliefs at all. Nada. Zero. Anyone who wants to make a bet that I won’t spend a night alone in “The Most Haunted House in Wherever*” had best bring cash.
But, one time that I can remember, I have known inexplicable magic.
Santiago Calatrava’s Milwaukee Art Museum is one of the strangest buildings I have ever seen or heard of. It sits right on the Lake Michigan shore, and it looks like a giant seagull. It actually has hydraulically powered “wings” (ostensibly they are a sun screen) that can flap. I think they actuate them twice a day or so.
It’s cool. It’s unique. It’s weird. It’s quintessentially Calatrava! When I first saw it I was amused, impressed. I liked it, but also thought it was more a novelty than art.
And then I went inside.
The narrow columnar walls soar upward. The latticework formed by the windows and the “brise de soleil” gull wings catches and reticulates the light around the central “Great Hall” The window tint softens that light as it reflects from the lake and shines from the sky, filling the interior with a soft, ethereal glow.
It all seemed to hit me at once. I could only stand there in childlike wonder, overwhelmed by a work of surpassing genius. I felt a bit like crying. My hairs stood up and I shivered… a classic “frisson.”
I don’t believe in a God. I don’t know what seagulls believe. But if they have religion, if there is a seagull god or goddess, then the gulls that soar and play around the Milwaukee Art Museum must surely believe that they are in The Presence.
*Every other town seems to have one
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