Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Floodwall As Art

Down on the riverfront, under the railroad bridge that crosses the Mississippi just south of the Arch, there are sections of flood wall. They barely contained the Great Flood of 1993, when the river was 20 feet ( 6 m) over what we consider flood stage. Check that link for an amazing areal photo of the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers on our northern edge - it looked like a sixth great lake. Also check these pictures - the waters came very close to the feet of the Arch, which is on a hill way over the river.

The authorities allowed graffiti artists to decorate a section of the floodwall, maybe for good luck. Click on the image above to get a better view.

TOMORROW'S POST: Thursday Arch Series


edwin s said...

That's brilliant! Otherwise you'd be looking at a big grey slab :)

U "R" Us AKA Captain Crowe said...

The fully painted wall sections used to go on for what seemed like a mile or more. You should venture further down there, it gets a little wild.

Olivier said...

tres beau, j'aime bien le contrasme entre le pont et la peinture murale

very beautiful, I like the contrasme between the bridge and the mural

Dsole said...

wow, that's a beautiful painting in the wall! so colourful!