St Louis, Missouri:
This mid-West city is world-famous for the soaring Gateway Arch on the edge of the Mississippi River. The iconic and symbolic Arch is made of a stainless steel “skin” over a concrete construction.
We find this stainless steel theme again in the grounds of the St Louis Art Museum in sprawling Forest Park in the city. Last Sunday, while examining the mummies in the Egyptian section, which has a small wing with a clear glass roof, we noticed a sparkling silver tree outside.
On closer inspection later, we found a stainless steel tree, so realistic in form that in winter people may mistake it for a “real” tree. It is “Placebo “ by Roxy Paine, 2004. It seems like a very apt name, as a placebo is a substitute for the real thing, and this is a substitute tree. But, what a beautiful one!
Thanks to Rod for these photos.