Last Wednesday I was able to make it over to the new sculpture garden/park in downtown St. Louis called Citygarden. It is a beautiful display of garden, landscape architecture, and sculpture all mixed together to form a landmark that is friendly to the art scholar and kids and adults that just want to have fun and relax. It is just blocks from Busch Stadium and a block from the 8th and Pine Metrolink station.
What a wonderful gift. Here are some pictures of some of the works.
Each square is a different chime sound. Info on this is not on the map but is fun.
Untitled (Two Rabbits) by Tom Claassen
Obviously the kids love to climb on this one. Looks like it is made of marshmallow and is light and soft. However, It is made of bronze. Evidently there are real live rabbits that live in this park. I saw one baby brown rabbit and when I tried to take a picture it scurried into a bush.
Untitled (Ringed Figure) by Keith Haring
How many art objects can a person climb on without being repremanded? Pretty much all of them here. As you can see, this young man scaled to the top ring to pose for a picture. I am sure this will be a common phenomenon. I believe this is at he corner of 10th and Market. The building in the background is the NBC affiliate, KSDK.
Eros Bendato (Eros Bound) by Igor Mitoraj
This one seems to be a crowd pleaser. This piece is large enough to walk into and one can peer out of the eye sockets. Plus there is the water element in front. Overall, water seems to be a main element of this park. On a hot, humid summer St. Louis afternoon this will be popular.
2 Arcs x 4 230.5 Degree Arc x 5 by Bernar Venet
Who thought a conceptual piece by an artist who’s work is based on math and emotional detachment could be fun? Well, if you can climb on it….simple fun.
Scarecrow by Donald Baechler
I can see the scarecrow and it is kind of dark and menacing. Sits near the edge of the garden so it seems appropriate. This figure does remind me of Abraham Lincoln with the tall stovepipe hat and tall lanky figure. Actually, it looks like an effigy of Lincoln.
This is Kiera and Julian Walking by Julian Opie
There are two of these animated LED panels in the park. This is just what people are meant to do in this park, go for a stroll.
Looking east. Standing on the rocks below the Northern River Bluffs Band.
There is this arching band that extends across the northern edge of the park. This part has a nice pool with stepping stones and a waterfall. This band is supposed to represent the bluffs. The park is laid out in three bands that represent the geographic features of the region.
Many of the buildings surrounding the park are the glass curtain style and this creates many great reflections.
Twain by Richard Serra
This is probably the most hated sculpture in St. Louis. It is just across 10th street, the western edge of the park. It is not in the park but it looks rather sad and lonely. I really feel bad for this piece. I hope something can be done to maybe expand the park and include this work and reframe it in a new way. Maybe people could feel differently about Twain.
To find out more about Citygarden click here.
To find out more about the Gateway Foundation click here. They funded the project and made this happen. It is in a way a gift to the city. It will be run like any city park.