In meteorology for the Northern hemisphere, spring officially began yesterday on March 01, 2014. But you sure wouldn’t know it by looking outside last night or this morning. That’s when Stormageddon returned with a blast of Winterpast. It didn’t start out that way, because we had a family outing scheduled for late afternoon and evening as the Saint Louis Art Museum officially welcomed spring to the museum.
After a five-year hiatus that allowed the Museum to construct the new East Building and reconfigure all the galleries in the original Cass Gilbert building, the Museum’s annual festival of fine art and fresh flowers returned to the Wicket City.
And an abundance of spring’s blooming bounty shared the galleries with works art from all ages and all parts of the world. As custom, local florists and garden clubs were invited to present their interpretations of 31 works of art selected from the Museum’s vast collections … from Egyptian mummies to native artifacts to Modern Art. Here are some of the works that caught my eye.
With my brother and niece in the background.
Sorry, Beekmann is always a bit out of focus for me.
The two flower arrangements in the center are the floral interpretations of the MUSE CALLIOPE FIREPLACE PANELS on either side of the photo. This photo was taken in the Museum’s original library overlooking Art Hill, the park and the now mostly frozen Grand Basin.
This was my favorite flower arrangement.
But before that started, we were all able to head over to the HILL for a great Italian dinner and get home. This morning we woke up to freezing rain, sleet, near zero temps and snow.
In a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo that shows us abandoned. As everyone should know, an abandoned building is, just by the fact that it is abandoned, is a dangerous place to be. So in this day and age most abandoned buildings are boarded up or fenced in to keep people from wandering around in them and getting injured. So, for my challenge I picked a subject that is brand new, but looks ABANDONED in an almost ancient way. My subject is Andy Goldsworthy’s STONE SEA, a sculpture piece created last year for the Saint Louis Museum Of Fine Art. The work consists of twenty-five giant sandstone arches assembled together to form a sea of stone in a narrow passageway between the original classic 1904 Museum building and a new 2013 addition. The STONE SEA can be seen through multiple windows in a corridor connecting the two buildings. My view of ABANDONED is seen through a single window,
Well, today’s high temp of 27F was recorded at 12:ooAM and we didn’t reach the predicted morning low of 6F. But never say never, because who knows what will happen before the day ends. Don’t know what the wind chill is, because I haven’t even been tempted to stick my head outside today. I will have to brave that external excursion sooner or later because I have an empty trash cart waiting to be pulled back into the yard. Mlle. Renee did the Gunga Din routine showing that she was a better man than I, by making on one or two, but THREE brief sorties into the frigid wastes. More out of necessity than exercise. I actually got up rather early this morning and get my butt out of the refrigerator. Ok, it was a pork butt and I had to put it in the crock pot for a day of slow cooking.
Can show you what it looks like until I take the lid off at 6:00 tonight. Also haven’t decided on pulling it or slicing it yet.
Last night I watched the Grammy Awards Show which was much too long. I also think Yoko Ono put at least three hex signs directly on me. My major question is why do the producers insist on doing musical production numbers combining the musical talents of two individuals or groups who share no common musical talent or abilities. The one with the least talent always drowns out the other one. I mean when you combine a Wagnerian soprano with a tongue twisting rapper, you’re not going to please fans of either one. And why did Madonna show up dressed like the chorus line of Chorus Line. I’m not even going to comment on Taylor Swift’s spastic hair tossing. Taylor’s Swift Hair Enough said.
WHERE, OH WHERE, HAS MY ORIGAMI KANGAROO GONE? I haven’t given up on the origami kangaroo yet. I also haven’t made an acceptable version yet either. And I haven’t given up on origami either. Why just this morning I was wondering, what if Peter Parker had been bitten by an atomic ant instead of a spider? That inspired me to fold … THE ATOMIC ANTMAN!
Hopefully, he doesn’t have a taste for BOOKWORMS!
In yesterday’s post I featured my Sherlock Holmes’ mug I used at breakfast. Not wanting to slight any of my other breakfast mugs, I decided to give them a daily appearance of their own. So today, I had a hot mug of EARL GREY TEA in my Saint Louis Art Museum Mug.
And the pork butt I’ve been slow cooking all day … it was tenderlicious and I forgot to take a picture of it before I started eating it. So now, who takes pictures of leftovers.
And in case you were wondering, THE ARCTIC MONKEYS were a British rock group.
But the temperature did get up to 35 F today which allowed my brain freeze to thaw a bit. And as a result, I decided to … and tell you about one of my favorite pieces of art hanging on my office walls. For years, one of my regular stops at the Saint Louis Art Museum is the Chinese Gallery where I always check out this piece of sculpture.
I always walk through the narrow gallery to check him out. And over the years, I’ve captured him repeatedly with my various cameras. A couple of years ago I decided to have a large print of one of the shots I had taken to see what it would look like. This was the result …
Because three of the walls in the room are a dark red-brown, I adjusted the tint on the picture to match them. And then I hung the framed picture on the fourth wall that was a light tan or beige. It went on the middle of the wall between the two floor to ceiling book shelves.
I like it, because the person who sculpted the original work of art captured the majesty of a proud animal.
Now, in case you’re wondering where the origami kangaroo I’ve been trying to fold for the past several days is … let me say, he will come when I capture his or her majesty.
THIS WEEK, IN A POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO WITH A WINDOW.Andy Goldsworthy’s STONE SEA (twenty-five limestone arches) in the lower level courtyard of the Saint Louis Art Museum formed by the original 1904 building and the new 2013 East Building Addition seen through the windows of the addition walkway. Each of five windows provides a different view of the sculpture piece.
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR SUNDAY, DAY 349 OF 2013: Just finished printing my Holiday return address on my Christmas card envelopes so all I have to do now is write out the cards and add a stamp. I’ve also completed cooking my steaming pre-winter (since winter doesn’t officially start until next Saturday) dinner for tonight. Hearty chili mac with beef, beans, tomatoes and corn. Think I’ll also make some whole wheat onion biscuits to go with it.
With my new dinnerware, you could also say I always eat square meals.
ORIGAMI CHALLENGE? Just a weekend message suggesting I use recycled paper for folding. So I folded the last two weekend messages into a DIPPY DOG.
Not very impressive is it? I guess I should stick to using recycled paper for practice origami.
Yesterday, at the Museum I visited two exhibits I hadn’t commented on before:
The first was a collection of ornamentation created for early skyscrapers in the late 1800s by architect Louis Sullivan.
During the remodeling of the office and educational building where the auditorium is located a pyramid-shaped skylight was added that provides an interesting view of the 1904 original building from the new lower level or First Floor of the Museum.
I also was able to check out the Andy Goldsworthy STONE SEA sculpture that was commissioned to fill the courtyard between the original building and the new addition. The artist filled the courtyard with 25 massive Missouri limestone arches that combine to make a virtual sea of stone. From the soon to be completed sculpture garden it can be viewed from above. From windows in the lower level walkway you can get this closeup ground level look at the work.
I think the snow adds a nice touch to the new 2013 sculpture at the back of the museum … just as it does for the 1904 sculpture at the front.
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR SATURDAY, DAY 348 OF 2013: Guess what? It snowed last night! And there on the breast of the new-fallen snow I beheld …
Saint Louis in the snow on Art Hill in Forest Park!
A great performance!
And a totally enjoyable day!
MY WEEKEND CALENDAR FOR SATURDAY/SUNDAY, DAYS 334 AND 335 OF 2013: And when I logged on to WORLD PRESS today, I discovered I’m celebrating my third anniversary writing about my rather uneventful life here in the Wicket City. I failed to write an entry here yesterday, and I spent the day loafing around the house with Mlle. Renee in my pajamas. Mlle. Renee wasn’t wearing my PJs, I was.
Today the temps got up into the 60s and I decided that the day called for a walk in Forest Park. I planned on walking through the Kennedy Forest, but I went to the Art Museum instead. I took photos of the three bas-relief panels over the front entrance of the museum, but only the third one was fit for displaying.
I’ll reshoot the other two another time. Still haven’t discovered when or why the panels were cut in half. Inside the museum I climbed up to the front balcony to shoot the Grand Sculpture Hall from the same position as the original 1904 photograph.
And if you’ve got a real keen eye, you should be able to see this piece of sculpture hidden in the photo from 1904.
Harriet Hosmer was one of the first female sculptors in the United States. You can read the DESCRIPTION CARD by clicking twice on the photo to enlarge it.
I also checked out my favorite cat at the Museum.
It’s a carved wood CAT by Calder who is a little more famous for his mobiles.
And a couple of fighting roosters.
Then I went home to play with Renee in the backyard.