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Calatrava at the Milwaukee Art Museum Celebrates 20 Years as a Symbol of Milwaukee | WUWM 89.7 FM


Calatrava from the Milwaukee Art Museum is undoubtedly a symbol of the city. The building, formerly known as the Quadracci Pavilion, celebrates two decades on Lake Milwaukee. During this time, the Calatrava became an iconic part of the city’s skyline and one of its main attractions.

“We see countless people taking graduation and quinceanera photos there, I’m sure more than a couple got engaged. It’s just a great place to make memories and bond,” he said. said Robert Stein, deputy director and experience director at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

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The bridge connecting visitors to the Quadracci Pavilion at the Milwaukee Art Museum, with its wing-shaped appendages spread out.

The Quadracci Pavilion was created by architect Santiago Calatrava and has become one of his most recognizable works. The building is a nod to Lake Milwaukee with features that resemble a boat’s bow and sails. Its most recognizable feature may be its large wing-shaped appendages that open and close depending on the time of day and weather.

As we look back over the next 20 years, Stein says he hopes the building remains an iconic part of the lakeside and becomes a gathering space that can move the city forward.

“I don’t think we necessarily knew the building would leave that kind of imprint and literally become the icon of the city of Milwaukee,” he says. “Certainly for our part at the art museum, we see ourselves working hard to reflect and contribute to what kind of city we want to build in the next 20 years. We believe that this means putting the community at the heart and the center of that. -this .”