Sunday, February 13, 2011


Serra's Twain and Civil Courts 2011-02-12 2

Downtown St. Louis 365 and St. Louis Daily Photo have a two for the price of one special today. These are a pair of view of views of the Civil Courts Building, seen here yesterday, through the portals of Ricard Serra's massive steel sculpture, Twain. While the Civil Courts is a jumble of ancient styles, Twain is at once much more simple and difficult. Certain people howled for its removal after it was installed in 1982. It stayed, thank heavens. The opposite result happened in New York when Serra's 1981 work, Tilted Arc, was removed from Foley Square in Lower Manhattan and carted off for scrap. So we get a one-up on the grand center of art.

Another advantage of a 2-fer is that I can use the same text on both blogs, more or less. Here's the image you can see on Downtown St. Louis 365:

Serra's Twain and Civil Courts 2011-02-12 1


cieldequimper said...

I dunno. Ca me fait penser à des murs que je préférerais oublier.

Sorry, but I will persevere!

Birdman said...

Your composition adds so much to this building... and kinda lends a symbolic touch.

Olivier said...

beau b&w, qui fait tres porte du penitencier said...

Amazing that Midwestern St. Louis was more tolerant of a modern artist than New York.

Congratulations on your photo being in the art exhibition.

Virginia said...

THese seem rather appealing. His Clara Clara at Tuileries was in my opinion a disaster.


T. Becque said...

Very nice bw!