When I was at CityGarden a week ago right at dusk, I noticed that the sun which was almost down was pouring light onto the Peabody building, which was reflecting it directly horizontally back down onto CityGarden. It was a wide, wide beam which created great glowing fill-in light for the entire landscape and any object or person with the sunset at their back. I would like to go back and try to shoot some portraits with it. For now, these images of Mimmo Paladino’s Zenit will have to suffice.
This past Saturday I went down to the magnificent CityGarden to try to capture one final shot for a photo contest entry, which I did successfully and which is included amongst these 21 shots. It was a warm enough day that some children were already playing in the splash fountains. And the park staff had put out brightly colored plastic Easter eggs, which combined with the blooming trees all made more the park more colorful than it already is with its whimsical and serious statuary. In addition to these touches of a color, there was a bride and groom doing a photo shoot, there was gentleman (dare I say a hipster gentleman) who was sitting with a leather messenger bag and smoking a pipe and reading Hemingway, and there were children gleefully, picking up the eggs and opening them only to find that they had not been filled but were just there for decoration. Finally, this set of photos also includes a lot of one of my favorite things, reflections, including one shot with a double reflection.
In addition to all these elements, these photos also include glimpses of Erwin Wurm’s Big Suit, Jim Dine’s Big White Gloves, Big Four Wheels, Mimmo Paladino’s Zenit, and Igor Mitoraj’s Eros Bendato, among others. If ever you are in St. Louis, you really must visit.
Please enjoy this background of the whimsical Citygarden in St. Louis. The multi-colored globes change colors and the lights normally light fountains in the summer. It is a wonderful place to visit in the summer with children and the young at heart.