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On Tuesday, October 6, 2009 we formally dedicate one if our newest public art pieces, Mime. Created by artists Andrew Ginzel and Kristen Jones, the 32-foot-tall sculpture was constructed from stainless steel and aims to celebrate the spirit and vitality of the Richmond Heights MetroLink station by exploring the intersection of time and natural phenomena in a dynamic and visual and visceral experience. The sculpture features three precise elements that work together to give evidence to the unseen forces of converging air currents and changing ambient light levels in and around the station.
Photos of Mime by Arts in Transit (left) and Artist Andrew Ginzel (right)
“Metro Arts in Transit is excited to dedicate another exciting public art piece that is greatly enhancing our Richmond Heights MetroLink Station,” said David Allen, Director of Metro Arts in Transit. “Mime is truly a sight to behold, and we’re thrilled to have another chance to bring art into our riders’ everyday transit experiences by formally unveiling this unique sculpture to the public.”
On Thursday, September 10, 2009 we formally dedicated one of our newest public art pieces, Hive. Created by artist Janet Lofquist, the seven-foot-tall, 6,000 pound sculpture was constructed from COR-TEN steel and depicts a beehive and its honeycomb structure.
With a beehive representing an understood symbol for the collective spirit of the community, Lofquist’s inspiration for the work was the regeneration of the urban community surrounding the station.
Photos of Hive by Dan Donovan
“Hive represents the latest in a long-line of public art projects that Metro Arts in Transit has been able to bring to the St. Louis region, and we’re excited to dedicate another unique piece that not only enhances one of our public spaces, but also brings art into our riders’ everyday transit experiences,” said David Allen, Director, Metro Arts in Transit. “Janet Lofquist has been involved with numerous public art projects for college campuses, libraries and city/state agencies across the country, and we’re honored to have partnered with her to bring her wonderful artistic skills to the St. Louis area.”
The newest art installment to decorate the public space in our region has been completed at the Clayton MetroLink Station. In celebration of its 15th year anniversary, the St. Louis Art Fair partnered with Metro Arts in Transit to commission the work done by master clay artist Carol Fleming. The public was invited to observe Fleming create three grandfather clocks, from start to finish, up to preparation for firing, over the course of the St. Louis Art Fair, held September 5-7, 2008, in Clayton. The clocks are made of clay and are now a permanent feature along the MetroLink alignment. One clock is located on the MetroLink platform, one at the top of the stairs, and the third is in front of the elevator on the upper level. Each clock stands approximately eight feet fall, with a base of 22 inches by 24 inches.
Fleming chose grandfather clocks because, “As the MetroLink riders use the stations, they are thinking about time, money, the right timetable, correct change, etc. Grandfather clocks are rather quaint icons of old fashion times in modern urban living.” Fleming, who lives in St. Louis County, has been working with clay for over 20 years. Her works have been included in many exhibitions, as well as numerous commercial and residential collections including “Child Life Tree” in the playroom at BJC Children’s Hospital and “Handling the Bench,” Clayton’s first custom public bench.
We would like to announce the arrival of the St. Louis Arts in Transit Curriculum Kit 2008
at a school near you! It focuses on twenty Arts in Transit projects. It is designed for use by
local educators to enrich learning in all areas and to help students understand art's place
in contemporary culture. Please visit www.stlpack.org/ait to view the online version!
As a community partnership program of Metro, AIT furthers Metro’s mission of “regional economic development through excellence in transportation” by forging community partnerships and creating customer-friendly and aesthetically- appealing, community-oriented transit environments. AIT accomplishes this through a place-making approach that integrates public art and urban design with community and enhancement initiatives. Since its inception in 1986, AIT has completed more than 100 public art projects, installations, and community enhancements.
AIT's projects are supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, financial assistance provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and support of the Regional Arts Commission.