Thursday, July 19, 2018

Thursday Arch Series

One of the stranger and more amusing things to see at last weekend's Grand Centre block party was a nine hole mini golf course in the art galleries at The Sheldon. Each hole was designed by a different group, all whimsical, all unique. 

The eighth hole was based on the renovated Gateway Arch grounds.  You had to putt your ball through or around the Old Courthouse and then plunk it into a cup modeled on the new entrance to the Arch museum. The ball then ran through a tunnel to a lower level, resembling the street and promenade in front of the Mississippi. The player had to drop the ball into one more hole in the street. If you did that the red warning light on the top of the Arch lit up. Ellie got it done with what I think soccer would call a hand ball.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Your Moment Of Zen

As Jon Stewart used to say. An unusual piece of sculpture at the Pulitzer, a disk filled with sand, maybe 3 or 4 meters wide, with a rotating blade stretching across the diameter. One side cuts precise grooves, the other makes everything smooth. It seems like an obvious reference to Japanese zen gardens but here the Buddhist concept of impermanence is twisted. Everything changes and everything remains the same. Deep.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


The Pulitzer Arts Foundation is one of the gems of St. Louis. It's not very big and a bit out of the way. It was founded by Joseph Pulitzer III, grandson of Joseph Pulitzer, the New York newspaper baron, and his wife, Emily.  He was for many years the publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Joe and Emily amassed one of the greatest collections of contemporary art in the U.S. The foundation is a center of research and a small, exquisite museum, designed in a very spare style by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

The Pulitzers were good friends of the sculptor Richard Serra. The courtyard of the Foundation contains his massive work Joe, dedicated to the patron's memory. It is a spiral of rust-red steel plate, concerned with space, scale and sky, holding delights around every bend. The last picture gives an overview.     

Monday, July 16, 2018

Madeleine Monday

At the Contemporary Art Museum during the Grand Centre block party.  There was a table covered with silly hats and a sign reading "Selfie Station." The background was, um, busy. Not going to be any selfies while grandpa and his camera are around. She doesn't know how to take selfies yet, thank heavens.

You may have heard the saying that the Queen of England reigns but does not rule. The first picture makes it clear that in Ellie's case it's just the opposite.        

Sunday, July 15, 2018


Back in The Lou. This was found in The Pulitzer Arts Foundation. Your guess is as good as mine. Some people - lots of people - have no choice, though. Think about our southern border, about people drifting in the Mediterranean.

Part of out Grand Centre arts and entertainment district had something of a block party yesterday, mostly for kids, including the Contemporary Art Museum, Pulitzer Foundation and Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Gallery. It was unbearably hot on the street, up to 101 F/ 38 C, but the venues had technologically altered climates. More to come.       

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Don't Sleep In The Subway, Darlin'

You have to be pretty old to remember that one. It came out just before I graduated from high school, when I rode the subway every day. It was good advice then and still is now. It may be a long ride back around if you miss your stop.

One of the things I like about my Fujifilm camera better than my big Canon DSLR is the flip-out LED screen. It makes it so much easier to take sneaky pictures in public if you don't have to put the big blob to your eye. 

Oh, and happy Bastille Day to our French friends.   

Friday, July 13, 2018


More street pix from Manhattan. Gotta find some new material but there's not much going on this weekend other than baseball games and some dinky Bastille Day celebration tomorrow. Maybe I'll go to a bar and take pictures of people watching the World Cup final on Sunday. Maybe I'll have to take pictures of St. Louis. That would be a little different.