Friday, May 11, 2012
Yard Art. Well....On A Monumental Scale Anyway. Status: Ever Been?
I've always loved the Gateway Arch and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, even way WAY before I knew who Eero Saarinen was or what Modernism meant! I've only been up to the top once and unfortunately it was all cloudy and foggy. But I love just strolling the grounds.
Because of it's sheer size it's hard to see that the Gateway Arch is as wide as it is tall: 630 feet.
I'm pretty happy with how well the opening photo above shows just how massive the legs are. It
also really shows off the construction of welded stainless steel plates. At 886 tons of stainless
steel...that, my friends, is a LOT of stainless steel!
You know...on pretty days such as the StL has been experiencing this week, it's pretty hard to
take a bad photo of the Gateway Arch. It just begs to be gazed upon...camera or no. It is grand.
Living here, in it's shadow, it's easy to forget or dismiss...but I try to take a moment to show
appreciation as best I can. So this is Mr. Modtomic's tiny tribute.
If you are not so blessed to live here in St. Louis but might ever make a visit or move here, you
should definitely make a visit to the Arch and take the tram ride to the top but don't forget the
Arch grounds. There's plenty of space to spread a blanket and just lollygag for an afternoon
without hardly seeing another soul. Bring your laptop and read some Mr. Modtomic bloggings or,
if you're all "old school", a book or magazine. Have a picnic even! There are two biomorphicly
shaped lakes at either end but don't bring your fishin' poles. I don't really think they are stocked
At the north end of the Memorial grounds is a parking garage but on the other side of that is
historic Lacledes Landing. There are still some beautiful buildings that have been preserved and a
number of restaurants and some sort of gigantic casino / hotel. Take a stroll but don't expect too
much. The Landing ain't what it used to be. The powers that be are planning a big facelift to the
Arch grounds proper that I'm sure will be making a mess of things soon, so get down there while
the getting is good!