Life in the dunes along Lake Michigan
It’s not often the structure of a museum outshines the art within.
Form follows function?
Nice structure! Good choice for the challenge.
It is an excellent building, considered doing an entire photo essay on the building but realized it would be straying from my original intent of posting on things West Michigan. To my credit it is almost directly due west from me on the other side of Lake Michigan. I guess the Great Lakes is local enough. 🙂
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Looks like an amazing place Kim, I assume it’s for performing arts, certainly not a lot of wall space for hanging art! Lol! 🙂
It is an an art museum. This area is exactly as you guessed; for the odd chamber music, choir, ensemble music as well as Weddings. This is a very small part that faces East and Lake Michigan.
I imagine that listening to some chamber music in there, and with that view, it must be an amazing experience Kim 🙂
Excellent capture! I love the perspective on this.
Or does form impede function? I hate to think of the acoustics of such a… “room”.
Must be terrible. 🙂
Huh…dunnoh..there seemed to be enough hard surfaces to reflect sound back.
Or maybe I was negative? But it seems to me that there are too many obstacles on which sound would rebound. Overall shape does not look right for music.
(Have you been at a concert there?)
No, we were on that side of Lake Michigan looking at sailboats and time was limited. I could have listened to a choir concert but I had just arrived and was awed by the outside of the building, it was jaw dropping and I spent a good hour or so looking at it from every angle before I went in.
And took only one shot? 🙂
I took many shots, I thought about doing a photo montage post on it.
Look forward to it.
Actually, despite all the hard surfaces they did sam to be situated in such a manner as to disperse/deflect sound waves. Maybe I’ll be able to catch a concert in the future. I’ve been working on some friends to return with me.
Interesting. Now I imagine there must be a lot of modern technology to work around sound.
As a musician/performer with not nearly enough physics, the physics of sound is an awesome thing and people can get their Masters and Doctorates in this area of study.
I do not know how much thought went into the acoustics of the structure. Wait..memory…there are little..oh…vestibule areas on either side of this vaulting ceiling. You can hear someone whispering on the other side..so time was spent thinking about it.
Today everything has a sound system. Now I really have to go back.
Do. And partake what you learn. The Greeks I understand had similar stuff, whispering on one end and hearing on another. (Where did I read/see that? Sicily, maybe?)
Oh, and what do you play/perform?
I used to work as an actress, singer, musician (bass) etc.
Quite a wide range… (I like bass best… tough I can’t play it) 😉
Now the picture is great. 🙂
Thank you. 🙂 I should do an entire post on this building. I try to focus on West Michigan but the world is too fascinating. To my credit this magnificent building sits almost directly 89 miles straight West (a degree or so south) of our harbor mouth. Lake Michigan is big, we are at a narrow point.
I had to look at a map to get my bearings. Not too familiar with “up North”. Only that one of my greatest teachers in Grad school was from Michigan. The locals said he had an “accint”. 😉
Yes you should do a post on that building. Interiors and exteriors.
I’ve been here since 90-91…that sharp, bright, nasal accent has been creeping into my voice. To my ear it is not pleasant.
I much prefer the Downeast and Boston accents of my family. Me? I’m from the MidWest…land of news broadcasters…stations love us because of our ‘absence of distinct accent’, but, as I said, I’ve been sounding Michigander lately.
Accents creep into us. That’s fine, it means you listen. Midwest? Yes, middle of the road accent. I went to Grad school in the South. Tuscalooser, Alabamer. First three weeks, I thought I spoke English but I couldn’t understand a word. Then I learned Southern. 😉
I do not cognize how much thinking went into the acoustics of the social organization.
I do not have it off how much view went into the acoustics of the social organization.
Form follows fantasy. : )
I like that saying as well as the original. You would love to shoot this building. Every angle takes your breath away. It is like a living bird, (It’s wings open and close!) on the Lake front.
Actually I loved it so much in faculty when I studied architecture that I painted it. Calatrava inspired me to fly, to have strong ideas, he has also a formation of engineer so his buildings are like mechanisms or artificial creatures : )))
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