As Dallas opens new bridge, SMU helps lead Calatrava celebration

SMU’s Meadows Museum, home to the first large-scale Santiago Calatrava sculpture to be permanently installed in the United States, is joining the city-wide celebration honoring the dedication of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge designed by the Spanish architect.

The Meadows will host a special exhibition, Calatrava and SMU: A Decade in Motion, March 4-April 22, 2012.

The exhibition includes Calatrava’s preliminary watercolor sketches of Wave, the University’s landmark 40-by-90-foot perpetually moving sculpture installed in 2002 on the Museum’s street-level plaza. 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 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.”

On March 3, 2012, Calatrava will return to SMU to see the exhibition and the 2009 renovation of the Meadows Museum Plaza and Sculpture Garden near “Wave.” The plaza’s southwest corner includes a new terrace, the Irwin Overlook, with a view over the sculpture.

Get a complete rundown of the University’s participation in the weekend’s events from SMU News’s Calatrava homepage at

Above, Meadows Museum Director Mark Roglán reflects on Calatrava and his work in this video from SMU News. Click the YouTube screen to start, or click here to watch “Santiago Calatrava’s Wave at SMU” in a new window.

> Read the “West Side Stories” essays from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts
> Learn more about Calatrava and SMU: A Decade in Motion
> Visit Santiago Calatrava’s website at