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The Milwaukee Art Museum’s monumental expansion project, completed in October 2001. This project, named Time magazine’s “Best Design of 2001,” features the new Santiago Calatrava-designed Quadracci Pavilion, renovated and reinstalled Collection galleries in existing Museum buildings designed by Eero Saarinen and David Kahler, and The Cudahy Gardens designed by noted landscape architect Dan Kiley.
The Burke Brise Soleil is the moveable, wing-like sun screen that rests on top of the Museum’s vaulted, glass-enclosed reception hall.
The Brise Soleil opens when the Museum opens at 10 a.m. and closes when the Museum closes at 5 p.m.The “wings” also “flap” (close and open) each day at noon for visitors’ enjoyment.
With fin size ranging in length from 26 to 105 feet, the Brise Soleil wingspan spreads 217 feet at its widest point, wider than a Boeing 747-400 airplane, and weighs 90 tons.

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