This past weekend I visited Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. Locate in the northwest corner of the state this complex is the vision on billionaire Alice Walton and her extraordinary architect Moshe Safdie. I have devoted a significant portion of this Christmas newsletter to this museum. Museum installations are often a journey that extends over a significant period of time starting with raising the funds, selecting the architect, agreeing on a concept and design, choosing the contractors, and finally implementing the vision and opening the building. The politics involved can alone be a deal breaker with winners some times imposing impractical idiosyncratic plans that create long term problems. From the success stories in Kansas City to the disasters in Denver there are many institutions in between. Alice Walton and Safdie succeeded in every way in creating a truly unique experience that in my judgment ranks with the very finest museums in the world. I cannot say enough, so I have offered the efforts of some of our more important newspaper and magazine art critics to do this job. Below is the question and answer section from the Crystal Bridges website.
|Crystal Bridges Cafe|
|Crystal Bridges trail|