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Cool Architecture = Cool Swag at Crystal Bridges

Photo by Stephen Ironside.

Photo by Stephen Ironside.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art welcomes all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature.

 

Photo by Stephen Ironside.

Photo by Stephen Ironside.

World-renowned architect Moshe Safdie took great care to embrace this mission when he designed Crystal Bridges. Safdie consistently creates structures with the specific location and culture in mind. His design philosophy states: “Our solutions evolve in response to the context that defines a place—local and regional characteristics of landscape, climate, cultural heritage, and contemporary life. Celebrating the unique character of each place, we create buildings that belong.”

Architecture is something of a theme at Crystal Bridges this year.  Construction–or rather REconstruction–will begin soon on the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bachman-Wilson House on Crystal Brides grounds.  In addition, this summer, Crystal Bridges will host the temporary exhibition Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie, which explores Safdie’s process and perspective, through more than 100 objects, including drawings, sketches, videos, photographs, and scale models. It makes sense that, in the atmosphere of all this great architecture, the Museum Store has also created an new line of architecture-related products, including souvenir note cards, eye-catching mugs, tote bags, and coaster sets.   Mary Douthit, Retail Operations Manager for Crystal Bridges’ Museum Store,  worked with designers to develop a uniquely Crystal Bridges look for the new line.  Naturally, the designers were drawn to the distinctive ribbed and copper-covered roofs of the Museum’s bridges structures when they were seeking appropriate inspiration. We think they did a pretty good job of capturing the essence of Crystal Bridges’ architecture in the final products.  Drop by and check them out for yourself!

(Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie will be on view at Crystal Bridges May 31 through September 1, 2014.  You can already see the exhibition being installed, in phases, throughout the Museum’s public spaces.  The entire exhibition will be available for viewing May 31. )

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