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The Spaceship has Landed/Burke Brise Soleil

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 17 November 2010 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Exterior of the Milwaukee Art Museum as seen from its southwest side, looking northeast. The Burke Brise Soleil is a moveable, wing-like sunscreen that rests on top of the Museum’s vaulted, glass-enclosed Windhover Hall. The “wings” open Tuesday – Sunday at 10 AM with the Museum, close/reopen at noon, and close again with the Museum at 5 PM; except on Thursdays when the Museum closes at 8 PM.

While the Burke Brise Soleil has a wingspan comparable to that of a Boeing 747, its two ultrasonic wind sensors automatically close the wings if the wind speed reaches 23 MPH or greater. Unlike the airplane, the Museum prefers to remain on the ground.

Photo captured on October 30, 2010.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/402 second F/10.0 ISO 100 18 mm

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Wow, amazing looking place

17 Nov 2010 6:10am

tataray from france, France

Comme un oiseau .... ))
Superbe angle de prise.

17 Nov 2010 8:46am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Superb shot of this modern architecture.. lovely curves, lines and beautiful sky.

17 Nov 2010 9:14am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

This building has amazing shape and beauty - still looks like a ship.

17 Nov 2010 10:01am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

This is so beautiful ! The architecture of the building is really special... great capture ! Have a nice day :)

17 Nov 2010 10:14am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Perfect frame and shot

17 Nov 2010 11:24am

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran


17 Nov 2010 11:52am

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

Super space shot!

17 Nov 2010 1:01pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

You've got that eye for those graphics, this is very well captured, great work.

17 Nov 2010 1:20pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Wonderful architecture. What a shape !
Super shot .

17 Nov 2010 3:09pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

superb capture

17 Nov 2010 3:43pm

Hil from Roma, Italy

Reminds me of the profile of a hawk. Excellent contrast of white and blue. :)

17 Nov 2010 4:08pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Great shot of this interesting architecture...love the colours and details...

17 Nov 2010 4:56pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

What a truly amaziong story Steven! Thank you...now I MUST go here someday...add it to the bucket list. I can see why the views from the inside are so dramatic....I am sure they have heard LOTS of stories about Scotty yelling "I'm given' her all she can take, Captain!" SO I won't say that!

17 Nov 2010 6:10pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

It does kinda' look like a starship.

18 Nov 2010 1:36am

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

Wow, this is quite something! I would love to see a shot with the wings closed....

18 Nov 2010 1:57am

@vu@granby - Wolfgang: Me, too. And I'd probably try to catch a time lapse of the brise-soleil opening and closing. :-) Not until I posted this photo did I realize that the brise-soleil opened and closed at specific times of the day.

Elisa from Massachusetts, United States

Wonderful architecture! great capture!

18 Nov 2010 4:34am

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Impressive! Another perfect photo.

18 Nov 2010 1:00pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Strewth . . now, that's what I calls impressive ! Cracking shot, too, Steven.

18 Nov 2010 2:01pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

It definitely looks like it wants to fly! A beautiful image of this unique building.

18 Nov 2010 11:02pm

Still from VALENCE, France

Just like an aerial sculpture.

19 Nov 2010 8:20pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

even more stunning than the image of two days later! what an interesting and intriguing concept! i, too, would love to see the sail closed!

24 Nov 2010 3:32pm