Milwaukee Bucks Arena – Becoming #2

About a week ago I posted a photo of the new Milwaukee Bucks arena that is under construction downtown. I drive past this site just about every day, and it really has been intriguing to watch it develop. Don’t know if anyone else is interested, but here’s another picture I took today. This arena is going to be an arresting piece of architecture when it’s finished.

Update: As I pressed “Publish,” I noticed for the first time what looks like will be a spot for a skywalk connecting the arena with the parking garage immediately to the north (or, in this photo, to the left). See where there’s a square space in the middle of all that curved steel?

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I am SUPER excited to share that two of my photographs have been accepted for inclusion in the 2017 Alumni Exhibition at Wright State University!

Grohmann Museum, Steel and Shadow

Grohmann Museum – Temporary Fresco

The exhibition will be presented at the Robert & Elaine Stein Galleries from May 12 through June 9, 2017. There will be an opening reception on Friday, May 12 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Stein Galleries.

So now I have more stuff to learn—like how to print, frame, and ship my photographs to an exhibition. I’m also wondering if there’s any way I can work it out to be at that opening reception. I teach two classes on Friday afternoons, but I maybe I could switch around what I’d been planning to cover on that day (Friday of Week 9 in our quarter) so that a colleague could sub for me relatively easily. On the other hand, then I’d have the stress and expense of getting myself down to Dayton (Ohio) and back to Milwaukee over a weekend.

Oh, well. One thing at a time. Meanwhile, I’m going to enjoy (bask in!) the euphoria of knowing my photos have actually been accepted!

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For so long it was just a pit, literally. And then a messy tangle of  pilings and trucks. But finally the new Milwaukee Bucks arena is really starting to look like what it will eventually become.

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Taking in March Madness

Took this photo as I was leaving my evening film studies class last night. Quite a difference from leaving class last week, when it was dark and I took the the picture of the lit-up cathedral.

There was lots going on in the street below for these birds to check out last night. For whatever reason, NCAA Tournament games are happening in Milwaukee today and Saturday. Lots of  pedestrians last night and this morning, lots of traffic with vehicles driven by people who pretty obviously don’t quite know their way around downtown.

No game tomorrow, but it’s St. Patrick’s Day. Water Street will be hopping all day long. These birds snagged a great spot for catching all the action.

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Snowblowing the girders

When you work construction in Wisconsin, an important part of one’s employment responsibilities includes clearing away the snow to gain access to the job site again!

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Yesterday’s Snowstorm

The storm that dumped 10-ish inches of snow in Milwaukee yesterday had moved out over Lake Michigan by this morning. Can you see the dense wall of clouds looming just beyond the downtown skyline? I took this photo on the way to work this morning, pulling over on the hill next to the old Pabst Brewery. That’s the new Bucks arena under construction in the lower right-hand corner of the photo. In fact all of the cranes are working in the same area on three sports-related projects: the arena, a clinic/sports-medicine center, and a parking structure.

Back to the storm: poor Racine, Kenosha, and probably Chicago got hit again with about the same amount of snow today, thanks to the “lake effect” as cold winds from the northeast swept across the water and picked up additional moisture.

At least we’re on the right side of winter now. Instead of ten inches of snow followed by an instant 30-degree drop in temperature, we are supposed to get into the 30s by Thursday and 40s by Friday and Saturday.

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A View from the Bridge

Taken from the “bridge” skywalk between the Library and Science Buildings at MSOE following my film studies class tonight. That’s the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist bathed in golden light, and the crane marks the site where one of the new Northwestern Mutual Life buildings is going up. Note the mist coming in off of Lake Michigan.

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