A crowd in downtown is serenaded as they had a quick breakfast and organized for their annual parade. In the background is the old St. Louis Courthouse. This is the site of the Dred Scott case which contributed to the start of the Civil War and now acts as an historic museum sitting in frontContinue reading “Saint Boogie”
The sun has set behind downtown St. Louis and the lighting system for the Arch has just turned on. 100 years ago the Mississippi River levee would have been lined with riverboats and the area in front of me would have been packed with warehouses. Freight trains were already replacing river trade and trucks wereContinue reading “Dusk in St. Louis”
Eero Saarinen’s Gateway Arch had stood unlighted for over 35 years, when Randy Burkett Lighting Design was commissioned to provide a design that would successfully reveal and celebrate the world renowned monument. It was an extreme technical and artistic challenge. At the outset of the project, it was dictated by the National Park Service thatContinue reading “Night Lights”
St. Louis’ riverfront on the Mississippi River. This photo was taken from the historic Eads Bridge, a combined road and railway bridge over the Mississippi River connecting the cities of St. Louis, Missouri and East St. Louis, Illinois. Also in this photo the Gateway Arch.
The sculptor, Erwin Wurm, calls this Big Suit but I like Empty Suit better. Wurm chooses everyday objects as the subject of his work in an attempt to inspire viewers to question both the traditional definition of sculpture and their relationship to the world. Big Suit, plays with our perception of volume, one of the basic elements ofContinue reading “Empty Suit”
Sculpture in St. Louis’ City Garden. The egg-shaped form at the top of the door resembles a seed that has just split open or a mouth that opens to the sky, like a baby’s first cry. Artist Kan Yasuda has left the answer deliberately ambiguous, leading us to think about time and space, life and death, the pastContinue reading “The Door of Return”
Fountain in St. Louis’ City Garden. This area is full of interesting sculptures, water features and lighting. This is one of those fountains that is always changing and at night, the lighting adds another dimension. Located in the central downtown area it is fun just to pass through it while going from one event toContinue reading “City Garden”
The new Kiener Plaza used the same statue as the old plaza and everything else is new. This is a gathering place for sports rallies in St. Louis, particularly the Cardinals and Blues. I think the Stanley Cup passed through here more than once. This is a three shot HDR Photo taken about 20 minutesContinue reading “The New Kiener Plaza”
Next week we will be celebrating the 4th of July. Early that morning they will clear the streets for St. Louis’ 137th Veiled Prophet Parade. Behind Union Station floats, marching bands and giant balloons are assembling for the massive annual event.
St. Louis Downtown’s Kiener Plaza. The Plaza just had a complete remake leaving only the statue. This great view includes the plaza, the Old Courthouse and the Arch. A wide lens allows you to get up close to the fountain while including the buildings and arch. Also this photo was taken well after sunset givingContinue reading “New Kiener Plaza”