A photo retrieved from the archives....
Exterior of the Milwaukee Art Museum as seen from its west side, looking east. 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.
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