Two blocks of downtown St. Louis are filled with a sculpture garden. Some of the artwork is fun, some is just there. The brochure states, “You won’t find walls or fences, admission fees or do not touch signs, because at Citygarden you are always free.”
Apparently, the security guards can’t read, because when I placed the Red Chair on a pedestal next to one of the statues, a guard came running out of his post in the pouring rain to yell at me and tell me I couldn’t put the chair there. He was rude and out of line and didn’t back down a bit when I told him I was just taking a picture. Whatever. Otherwise, the garden was pretty cool.
The work on the left, called “2 Arcs x 4 230.5 Degree Arc x 5,” is by a guy who tries to create “art” that is “non-expressive and not subject to personal interpretation.” My personal interpretation is that the sculpture is pretty cool but the author is full of himself.
The bird, titled “Bird.” The artist designed it after observing her own children. Not sure I’d want to admit that.
This one’s called Kindly Geppetto. It supposedly explores the complicated relationship between the creator and his subject.
This hollow head is called Eros Bendato.
Here’s the view from inside looking out.
I took this photo with the little red chair on Wednesday night. I returned three times with THE Red Chair on Thursday, but the first time, during a storm, the screen had an error message. The second time, it had a local TV station and the third time it had the Cardinals game — as did every other TV screen in the town.
The name of this sculpture is “Untitled (Two Rabbits).” The artist covered his rabbits with white paint to create “the impression of marshmallowy lightness.”
You may have guessed by now that my opinion of a given sculpture is based entirely on how well I can incorporate it into a red chair photograph.