Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee WI

Hey you! Summer's almost here! 
And to many, that means one thing, and one thing only: Time to hop on your Harley and RIDE, baby!

Bill Harley and Arthur Davidson made a historic move in 1903 when they opened their shop in a small shed in Milwaukee.
If there's another museum where what's parked in front rivals what's inside on exhibit, I'd be hard pressed to think of it. 

But thanks to clever installations, many of the bikes on exhibit seem to be more in motion those revving their engines on the street.
Steep angles.

 This exhibit mimics the look, feel and (loud) sound of a racetrack. It's like you're there!
These bike were designed for delivery. During all four seasons. In the midwest. In winter. 

If these floors could talk...

Seriously. Who doesn't have a few bikes in their office?
 Or a chopper?

Wow. "Nowhere else on earth will you see so many original Harley's in one place." 

I want to be Dot for a day.

An impressive wall of 100 contemporary Fat Bob fuel tanks are painted with various Harley Davidson logos. Spanning almost 80 years, in chronological order, the different paint schemes, pin-striping and logo designs make each tank a work of art. 
Components to a Harley Davidson are myriad and the choices are many. I've been in awe of my brother's ability to not only build a Harley from a from scratch. In fact, he doesn't just order the kits for certain parts. He orders the components and creates his own kit.


The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA

Not many museum visits begin with a tram ride up the mountain. But the Getty in LA is anything but your usual museum.  In 1984, architect Richard Meier won the coveted commission, and in 1997, the Getty opened to fanfare heard round the world. 

Adjectives often associated Richard Meier's buildings are: white, squares, white, geometric, white, shiny. And white. So white in fact, that residents feared a ghastly brilliant blob on top of the hill, reflecting the sun, blinding motorists on the San Diego Freeway below. Changes had to be made to the original plan.

Working with an unlimited budget to build a museum and acquire new art to add the existing collection, the Getty was seen as a threat to many. How would the trust's ability to outbid all others at auction upset the balance. Most of those fears have been allayed since its opening and today the museum coexists with - and contributes to - the art world in valuable ways other institutions with fewer resources cannot.

Notice the 'tree' with red foliage. It's actually twelve trees lined up perfectly!

To learn more: Getty