2015 Road Trip Photos #10: Birmingham’s Art Museum on $0.00 a Day


“Steelworker” by Luis Jimenez, 1990.

Our Day Two morning walk through the desolate streets of downtown Birmingham took us across the street from the north end of Linn Park and toward the Birmingham Museum of Art. We’ve visited art museums in other cities on past vacations, but we regrettably missed out on BMA admittance because they don’t open till noon on Sundays. We had a busy schedule ahead of us and not much margin for immersing ourselves in the local culture beyond the first few hours.

Luckily for us, the contents of the BMA extend beyond its mere walls and enjoy grassy display space all around the block. We enjoyed what we could on the lap we took. ADVANCE DISCLAIMER: Please disregard our situational example and give money to arts. Thank you.

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:

This year’s trip began as a simple idea: visit ostensibly scenic New Orleans. Indianapolis to New Orleans is a fourteen-hour drive. Between our workplace demands and other assorted personal needs, we negotiated a narrow seven-day time frame to travel there and back again. We researched numerous possible routes, cities, and towns to visit along the way in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. We came up with a long, deep list of potential stops, but tried to leave room for improvisation…

BMA Rear!

The harsh metallic architecture of the entrance from their rear parking lot, near the I-59 overpass we saw in Part 9.

Target I!

“Target I” by John Scott, 1993.

Super Line Volume!

“Super Line Volume” by Yaacov Agam, 1968.

Metal Sculpture!

I didn’t see a credit placard for this junkyard sculpture, but Anne and I know a local artist who works in this medium. Cool stuff.


This is the east side of the BMA, still not the entrance, but I like this shot simply for the art of the church bus.

Red Arrow!

Oscar’s is the BMA’s locally sourced cafe with a fair assortment of high-end sandwiches, according to the menu on their website. I’m not sure if the big red arrow was an art installation or their subtle method of advertising “FOOD HERE NOW.”

Highback Windharp Chairs!

“Highback Windharp Chairs” by Douglas Hollis, 1996.

Vertical #5!

“Vertical #5” by Sol LeWitt, 1990.

Security Art!

The BMA is so much art, even the security booth fronting the rear parking lot gets into the act of art.

To be continued!

[Link enclosed here to handy checklist for previous and future chapters, and for our complete road trip history to date. Thanks for reading!]

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