Calatrava and SMU

New exhibit at the Meadows Museum and series of essays mark the celebration

SMU joined the weekend celebration honoring Santiago Calatrava, the architect of the newly dedicated Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge on the Trinity River in Dallas.

Calatrava Returns to SMU



SMU officials greeted the Calatrava family Saturday at "Wave" near the Meadows Museum. (l. to r.) SMU Provost Paul Ludden; Michael Calatrava (son); Tina Calatrava (wife); Santiago Calatrava; SMU President R. Gerald Turner; Meadows Museum Director Mark A. Roglán; and Vice President for Development and External Affairs Brad E. Cheves. (See slide shows or visit a photo gallery of Calatrava's visit.)


West Dallas Stories

A series of essays on the connections between SMU and Calatrava, West Dallas and the new bridge. Read more.


Meadows Exhibit: March 4 - April 22

More about the exhibit.

Calatrava and his family were welcomed to SMU when he visited Meadows Museum Saturday, March 3, after taking part in bridge opening ceremonies. Calatrava, his wife, Tina, and son, Michael, enjoyed a preview of a Meadows special exhibit “Calatrava and SMU: A Decade in Motion,” and spoke to guests.

“One of the enormous qualities of America is the way it welcomes people,” Calatrava said.  “You have welcomed with us with your will and your heart. I know so many people in this community,  but my mother, my alma mater, it’s this university.”

More than 800 guests attended the exhibit opening festivities, enjoying the flavor of Spanish paella, the music of classical guitarists and the artistry of flamenco dancers. The special exhibit runs through April 22, 2012.

Twelve Dallas students became engineers for the day last May when they constructed a model of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge at an SMU workshop sponsored by the Trinity Trust and the Gifted and Talented and Summer Youth programs of SMU's Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

The student constructors joined the bridge builders on March 3 for the Parade of Builders at the celebration marking the bridge's opening. Led by bridge architect, Santiago Calatrava, the students joined the procession of hundreds of workers, engineers and community leaders who played a part in the bridge's construction. The students' 20-foot long bridge model is part of the Meadows Museum exhibition "Calatrava and SMU: A Decade in Motion."

The Meadows Museum is home to "Wave,"  the first large-scale Santiago Calatrava sculpture to be permanently installed in the United States.

The exhibition includes Calatrava’s preliminary watercolor sketches of “Wave,” a 40-by-90-foot perpetually moving sculpture installed in 2002 on the street-level plaza in front of Meadows Museum at 5900 Bishop Blvd. A campus landmark, the sculpture’s bronze bars move sequentially above a reflection pool. The exhibition also includes correspondence, mementoes and photographs of the sculpture’s installation and dedication.

“Over the past decade, Calatrava and SMU have built a deep relationship,” says Meadows Museum Director Mark A. Roglán. “It is now our great pleasure to extend this relationship to the people of Dallas as we join them in celebrating the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Our exhibition will offer visitors a unique view of the artist behind the bridge and illustrate the many ties that bind him to SMU.”

Meadows Museum is the only Dallas-Fort Worth museum that includes Calatrava works in its permanent collection. The Meadows collection includes Calatrava sculptures “Palme” and “Il Dente, ” which also will be part of the exhibition. In addition, the exhibition will include Calatrava’s inscriptions in a set of architecture books he donated to the museum. . .

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