The Saint Louis Metro-transit System has an ongoing project of adding works of art to the many Metro Stations of its system. Some have been classics. But the latest entry is a real head scratcher. It was recently added to the Shrewsbury Station.
The name of this work is LONDON … and frankly, I just don’t get it! While it does cast an interesting shadow, it still looks like an elongated AC exhaust port.
And sat on the edge of my seat watching the most dramatic version of TOSCA I have ever seen. Now I’ve seen Tosca three times. I saw it about 30 years ago … at the MET. My only visit to the MET. And I was dazzled just by being at the Met, even though I was sitting in the last row of the main floor. The second time I saw it was 2009 when it opened the Met Live in HD season as a new production. I really wasn’t impressed with the performances though and the scenery was boring. Today, was an entirely difference experience. The production today was the same as 2009, but it starred Patricia Racette and Robert Alagna both of whom could act and sing. What a difference! I didn’t even notice the scenery this time.
OPERA TRIVIA: The opera Tosca actually is set on a historical date. 14 June 1800 It was the date that Napoleon was victorious in his Italian campaign at Morengo. It’s mentioned in the opera’s libretto.
SPECIAL SATURDAY STREET ART PHOTO:
ANSWER PLEASE: Remember when I posted this photo a couple of weeks ago and called it CAGED BALLS because I failed to read the informative copy panel posted next to it? Well, here’s all the facts, just the facts.
Cell (Three White Marble Spheres)
1993 Louise Bourgeois American (born France), 1911–2010 (steel, glass, marble, and mirror)
References to the human body and to the individual’s role in family and society are constants in the work of Louise Bourgeois. This sculpture is made up of three stone balls enclosed in a structure of steel, glass, and mesh that can be read as a box, a domicile, or a prison. The two larger spheres resting close to the smaller one evoke the interrelationships of a family in a manner that may be interpreted as either protective or domineering. The smooth surface of the marble spheres contrasts with the shattered and rusty remains of their enclosure. The open door suggests potential escape from the damaged and claustrophobic cube, but that very possibility is counterbalanced by the presence of a security mirror suspended from the ceiling of the box. Change may be possible in this scenario, but constant surveillance will make it difficult.
Maybe that was too much information?
For several years this sculpture of a man and his dog has been making the rounds of various street side locations in the Wicket City. Last week it showed up in the street level plaza of the Maplewood Metrolink Station and Bus Transfer Center. To the eye of many observers it appears to be a pile of reclaimed flotsam and jetsam.I call it … JUNKMAN AND HIS JUNKYARD DOG!
Whenever I see it, I try to identify the many different objects that make up this sculpture. In case you would like to try, I’ve also posted this view of the opposite side of the work. Good luck!
BTW, you can enlarge the photos by clicking on them.
Not all art is in a museum … if you look closely, you can find it anywhere you walk.
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