Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Scenes From Citygarden

Inspired by others' 12 month landscape projects on Instagram, I decided to take on a 12 month project of my own for 2014. I didn't want to take 12 pictures of the same thing, but I wanted it to be something I really love about St Louis, and Citygarden fits the bill. I love downtown St Louis, and I love that this sculpture park exists in the middle of high rises, and I love how the food trucks gather here at lunch time, encouraging people to come out of their offices. So I will be "bumping" this post to the top every month with a new feature on a Citygarden sculpture.

January - Big White Gloves, Big Four Wheels by Jim Dine
The other reason I chose Citygarden is because this project will be replacing a post I did a few years ago that may have been my only post in the history of this site about something that I didn't like. And even though I mentioned that the event was not what I hoped it would be, I turned it into a positive and talked about Citygarden instead. The head of the company that runs the event I mentioned emailed me a long time ago with the worst non-apology I've ever received, asking me to remove my post simply because it hurt their Google search results. I refused out of spite.

When I was brainstorming locations for this 12 month project, I thought about that post, and how truly blessed I was to have such great adventures in 2013, and I want my "Google street cred", as he called it, to be 100% about fun things to do. I hope that my readers will always trust that if I take the time to post about something, it will be because I loved it and I had fun, not because anyone asked me to write about it (or not write about it). Here's to 2014 being filled with the best sort of adventures!

March -  Untitled (Two Rabbits) by Tom Classen
April - STL250 Cakeway to the West Cake by Rich Brooks and Aesop's Fables by Mark di Suvero 
May - Eros Bendato by Igor Mitoraj
June - Big Suit by Erwin Wurm
June heralds big news, as it is my last month working Downtown! It won't stop this series, though, because  now I will be self-employed! I will have more time for blogs, crafts, and Jewelscent, and I am ridiculously excited. To mark the occassion, I give you Big Suit, by Erwin Wurm. Big Suit always makes me think of Elvis Presley, and that's a good thing. 

July - Tai Chi Single Whip by Ju Ming
August - The kid doing a handstand is on an unnamed installation that sounds like chimes.
September - Bird by Laura Ford
October - Voyage by Jean-Michel Folon
November - Untitled (Ringed Figure) by Keith Haring
December - Door of Return by Kan Yasuda
I am so glad that I set out to do this project at the beginning of what turned out to be one of my best years to date. It is really satisfying to look back at all of these photos, and to see what I learned and how my goals were accomplished. I highly recommend trying something similar!


  1. I love this as I, too, am enamored of downtown StL... It's one of the places I am the most comfortable, relaxed and energized--all at the same time. I miss Union Station as it was 15-20 years ago. THAT was one of my favorites. I haven't been to City Garden....driven around it many times.....but now it is on my list of "to do's" for the next time we visit!

    1. Man, I miss those days of Union Station, too. I hope the renovations they are working on now make it a dynamic space again.

      City Garden is a fantastic picnic spot in nice weather. There's a new restaurant moving in soon, too.

  2. I've been bumping into a few of these cakes lately, and all of them are pretty terrific.

  3. I've never been to City Garden, but heard good things about it. You've sold me on it, I'm going to have to check it out!

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