This year the city of Saint Louis is celebrating its 250th birthday and as part of the year-long celebration, the Saint Louis Art Museum is having a special exhibition honoring the city’s namesake King Louis IX of France. Actually, the land where the city is located was claimed by the some of the earliest residents known as the Mississippians somewhere around 250 AD. They actually built the first city in United States between 250 and 1300. Unfortunately, they built their city across the river in Illinois, and then they disappeared. Then the land was claimed by both Spain and France, but it was a couple of French fur traders who actually settled here and built a trading post and village in 1764 and named it after King Louis IX of France, who also happened to be a saint.
We know he was a saint, because he always had a flock of angels hovering around him. And when the angels weren’t around he looked like this. He also led a couple of crusades to reclaim the Holy Land that weren’t very successful.
But, he was a very just king and very admired by his people, and that’s probably why he became a saint. So to honor our city’s namesake, the Saint Louis Museum Of Fine Art has assembled a collection of art and artifacts related to the King, the Saint and also our City.A book in French filled with a collection of tales about the man who became a King and Saint.
An illuminated parchment folio about the King.
A craved tablet recognizing the SPIRIT OF SAINT and the LONE EAGLE Charles Lindbergh and the people who funded his flight to Paris.
And there are also two cathedral basilicas honoring the Saint in the city.
More about how the city celebrates a 250th Birthday coming up!
For this photo challenge, show us what “refraction” means to you. It could be an image taken in a reflective surface, it could be light bent from behind an object, or it could mean remedial math homework: the choice is completely up to you. I’m looking forward to seeing how you interpret “refraction.”
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CAPTURING THE CAPTURER IN THE MAGIC BALL
Like many midwestern locations, West Walnut Manor has been going through a seemingly never-ending period of dreary, rain-saturated weeks. Ok, I might have exaggerated a bit … but it has been wet. But today … the SUN returned! But when I walked outside into the clear (somewhat chilling) air, I discovered bacon growing out of the railing around the deck!
But, I decided it must be some kind of flat fungus among us, so I went to the Encyclopedia Britannica. (Question: How many of you also learned how to spell encyclopedia by watching the Mickey Mouse Club?) There, I learned there are over 80,000 known species of organisms of the kingdom Fungi, which includes the yeasts, rusts, smuts, mildews, molds, mushrooms, and toadstools. Now, I’ll have to go back and discover what a smut is.
Amazing, if you just look around your everyday world, you’re sure to discover something you never knew!
This week, we’d like to see an image that looks dreamy to you. A photo of a place you often visit in dreams. A snapshot of your dreamy boy- or girlfriend. A scene that looks a bit out-of-this world. Take us on a flight of fancy! For more information, click here!
For this challenge, share an image of a sign: it can be a sign near your home — a comforting sight after a long journey — a sign that doubles as art, or other types of signs that hold meaning for you. For more information click here!
This is a photo taken at the Maplewood Station of the local Metrolink System and the sign is on the bridge that carries the trains across Manchester Road. As strange as it seems, City of Maplewood ends just west of the bridge. So anyone driving into the City Of Manchester will be able the read the name correctly in their rearview mirror. The sign is actually a work of art … part of the transit system program of displaying a work of art in each of the stations in the metropolitan area. Here’s a close-up of the sign.
The artist created his letters from the remains of an early 20th Century home that had once stood near the sight of the station. And if you’re wondering, the sign on the other side of the bridge reads MAPLEWOOD.
Manchester Road was part of the Original Route 66 going through Saint Louis.