It’s been a little more than one year since I started my job at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. In that time, I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to photograph the gorgeous Mario Botta-designed building on the southern side of Charlotte’s Uptown. I’d like to share a few of my favorite photos of the museum with you. This is the first of several photo essays on the Bechtler.
The Bechtler Building
The precise geometry of the building’s architecture can lead to some interesting optical illusions.
You can see the sparkled reflection of the Firebird against the bottom of the fourth floor in the early morning.
The cantilevered fourth floor column, like the rest of the museum, looks its best at night.
The right arch of the Firebird against the terra cotta exterior of the museum at night is gorgeous.
The cantilevered fourth floor column looks its best just before the sun rises.
The genius of the Bechtler’s design is the way the southern sun plays off of the different angles. It’s a new image at each hour of the day, every day.
The fourth floor column with Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #995
A few weeks ago, when the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art hosted Creative Mornings Charlotte, I was called upon to deliver a few words on the Bechtler when our president wasn’t able to make it. I had no idea I would be speaking that morning until about ten minutes before this video was filmed. Given just a few minutes to prepare something to say in front of 250+ influential Charlotteans, this is what I came up with: