Villa Terrace Art Museum is Celebrating 100 Years by Putting On Milwaukee’s Largest Drone Show, July 10

400 Drone Display

If you’ve ever been to Milwaukee’s lakefront then you’ve seen the majestic mansion that sits on the top of the hill right off of North Ave. That mansion is The Villa Terrace Art Museum, a Milwaukee historic home that hosts exhibitions and performances in a Renaissance-style villa and garden.

The Villa Terrace is celebrating 100 years of giving the Milwaukee community opportunities to immerse themselves in art by hosting the city’s largest drone show on July 10, 2024.

Villa Terrace Art Museum Hosts Milwaukee’s Largest Ever Drone Show on July 10, 2024.
Villa Terrace Art Museum Hosts Milwaukee’s Largest Ever Drone Show on July 10, 2024. (Picture by Villa Terrace Art Museum)

The 20-minute drone show will be displayed along the Lake Michigan shoreline and is free to the public. 400 drones will be in the air to show around 20 different formations that represent elements of Villa Terrace, including the museum’s signature Hermes statue and koi fish.

According to a press release, the drones will take off just south of Bradford Beach and perform over Lake Michigan across a span of 600-700 feet. Viewers will be able to enjoy the show from different parts along the shores of Lake Michigan.

The Friends of Villa Terrace, a nonprofit that cares for the Renaissance Garden and supports the Villa Terrace, is hosting a special viewing of the drone show on the Villa Terrace’s patio that overlooks Lake Michigan. The party starts at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.

The drone show will be accompanied by a soundtrack created by local artist Ray Chi and cast on Milwaukee radio station WMSE 91.7.

The Magic Behind the Drones

The drone show is being produced by a 15-person team of experienced drone pilots and engineers from Firefly Drones. It will feature 400 drones equipped with LED lights that are programmed to perform a variety of synchronized movements to create images and patterns. Each drone weighs just over two lbs. and can fly up to 15 mph.

Local artist Chi designed the show based on themes and images from Villa Terrace. Firefly Drones, a Detorit-based drone show production company, then translated those designs into drone form.

The Villa Terrace Art Museum.
The Villa Terrace Art Museum. (Picture by Villa Terrace Art Museum)

Matthew Sanker from Firefly Drones said the company has an in-house development team that creates the drones and software to make the coordinates and physics come to life to put on a drone show. The Firefly Gen 2 Drone will be used for the 100th celebration show.

Each drone is assigned a dot in the sky and when put together will display the show.

“This is a fun alternative to the traditional fireworks display,” said Sanker.

The A.O. Smith Foundation is the presenting sponsor.

Nyesha Stone founded Carvd N Stone in 2017 to cover positive news while attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Stone has a B.A. in Journalism. She has raised over $30,000 to award grants and scholarships. She has also been featured in ESSENCE and worked with the American Black Film Festival.

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