Monday, May 29, 2023

CHIHULY IN THE GARDEN

Installations by the glass artist, Dale Chihuly, are ever-popular in this country. A big display opened recently in our botanical garden.  There are nineteen pieces, large and small, indoors and out. This one is called Summer Sun. The garden is open some evenings and it was packed last night. More to come.                

Sunday, May 28, 2023

ELEPHANT ON THE ROOF

More weirdness at the City Museum. Beneath the bubble tower on the roof of the building seen yesterday, a fiberglass elephant rears at the sky. There are also some small hippos nearby, wallowing in artificial turf. Just because.            

Saturday, May 27, 2023

BUBBLE TOWER

Still on the roof of the City Museum. Note the spiral staircase up the center of this unusual tower and the red signal light on the top. Helicopters occasionally buzz through the area. Note also the school bus on the left. The front half is hanging off the the corner of the building - well-secured but a little scary.                    

Friday, May 26, 2023

SPLASH AND TACKLE

The City Museum has some water features. You can see a tank on the upper right, part of an odd-ball aquarium (almost everything in the City Museum is odd-ball). I don't know if this water tank and huge chain are left over from the building's original use as a shoe factory and warehouse. St. Louis was the shoe-making capital of America before it all went offshore.          

Thursday, May 25, 2023

ROLLER



Some of the railings in the City Museum are made of old industrial rollers, the type of thing that might carry boxes down hill. The building used to be a shoe factory and warehouse so I assume they came with the property.          

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

URBAN GEOMETRY

Another view from the roof of the city museum. Only one of the buildings seen here is less than 50 years old. It's the one with the blue-green glass, the St. Louis University School of Law. The design of the cornice in the foreground is interesting. It is a unique design and could not be easily seen from the street.  

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

HIGH ROLLER

When it's open during the warmer months, my granddaughter Ellie heads straight for the roof of the City Museum. There are tubes and tunnels, as seen yesterday, and a small, antique Ferris wheel. Not much diameter but the structure gives a boost in height over our downtown buildings.