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Crystal Bridges, part 1

27 May

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.

"Yield", stainless steel, artist Roxy Paine (c2014, KB)

“Yield”, stainless steel, artist Roxy Paine (c2014, KB)

This being May, flowers are in bloom, and wildflowers line the drive to the Museum or mantle a hill on the walking trail.

Wildflowers (c2014, KB)

Wildflowers (c2014, KB)

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.

Crystal Bridges (c2014, KB)

Crystal Bridges (c2014, KB)

 

Outside a window-lined gallery (c2014, KB)

Outside a window-lined gallery (c2014, KB)

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