Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man - who has no gills.
Ambrose Bierce Read
Milwaukee As A Water City
The Pabst's mansion has a rich history, especially regarding its relationship to water. The Pabst mansion was build by Captain Frederick Pabst, you might be able to guess by his name but he was the Captain of a steamship. He was born in 1836 in Nikolausrieth, Kingdom of Prussia but in 1848 when he was only twelve years old he emigrated with his family to the United States. The impact this journey had on him is clearly envisioned by one of the paintings in his home. Abschied von der heimat or Farewell to the Homeland is an inspiring painting showing the gamut of emotions that one may feel on such a momentous journey. Some people cry while others are holding their arms out and waving goodbye across the open sea.
Probably one of the most famous relations that Captain Pabst has to water is of corse his brewing company. The company originally belonged the family of his wife Maria but after a time he took over and it became the Pabst Brewing Company that we know today. And as we all know, water is a major ingredient in beer;
There are several other examples of nautical themed art throughout the house. In the music room for example there is a painting of a ship sailing across the open sea. The music room is also home to a large music box with songs in it such as Hands Across the Sea. Another painting is that of Christopher Columbus being sailed back to Europe for his trail.
The Pabst mansion is a great piece of Milwaukee and Nautical history.
The Haggerty Museum of Art is home to famous paintings from Pedro Bedon, Salvador Dali and many more. Currently however they are holding an exhibition that is directly interlinked with water. There is a particular set of Photographs taken by Zoe Crosher of vacant beaches which are very touching. They are from the LA Line; Transgressing the Pacific and are pigment prints, they focus on the beaches where famous or at least semi well known persons disappeared.
Transgressing the Pacific: Where Natalie Wood Disappeared off Catalina Island Zoe Crosher
The pictures are in the exhibition called Water as Protagonist. They really stood out to me because of how empty they were. All the photographs were was the water, sky and sand. They were completely void of people, animals or hope.
Transgressing the Pacific: Where Norman Maine Disappeared at Laguna Beach Zoe Crosher
Saying I enjoyed the pictures would seem rather morbid so to put it simply I found them interesting. They were very moving pictures, filled with an odd sense of calmness and mystery. They were all from very different places around the world but all share untold amounts of secrets.
Transgressing the Pacific: Where Roger Wade Disappeared at Malibu Colony Zoe Crosher
Seeing these and other photographs at the Haggerty reminded me that not only is water a beautiful resource, an indispensable staple of life but it is also dangerous. From drowning, to bacteria such a Cholera, water has been just as deadly as it has been life giving. It's easy to forget water's awe inspiring strength and seeing these pictures reminded of that.