This past weekend, I accompanied my mother to Crystal Bridges, an art museum in Northwest Arkansas.
Crystal Bridges was designed by internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie, who envisioned a building that would complement the surrounding Ozark landscape. Nestled into a natural ravine, the Museum integrates the element of water on the site through the creation of two spring-fed ponds that are spanned by two signature bridge structures and surrounded by a group of pavilions housing Museum galleries and studios.
—Architecture page, Museum website
It’s a beautiful site. Before the front colonnade is a giant, gleaming, sky-reflecting metal tree that reminds me of a lightning strike.
This being May, flowers are in bloom, and wildflowers line the drive to the Museum or mantle a hill on the walking trail.
The Museum itself is glass and steel and stone, and spans the water. Its distinctive ridged, humped rooflines remind me of the backs of sowbugs.