What a cool place. Filled with water features, sculpture, and lush green vegetation, downtown St. Louis residents and commuters alike managed to jam the place on its second day in business. Here’s some pictures so you can see why. (In fact, it was too hard to narrow down which ones to share, so I’m going to do this in two parts.)
Lots of marble and slate, plenty of places to sit ... and water you can walk through -- or run through -- as some of the tinier visitors preferred. Notice the giant sculpture off to the right in the background.
Lots of rocks and water everywhere. And, in this fountain, a pink flamingo, too.
I mentioned that there is all kinds of sculpture and there is. There are several whimsical pieces including this overgrown statue of Pinocchio. It's just not the kind of thing you expect to see in the middle of a metropolitan area.
Then, you don't necessarily expect to see a bench even fashioned into a sculpture shape. Of course, I thought the girl taking a sit-down on it gave it a freaky kind of modern twist on the classic The Thinker. See what I mean?
There literally was something fun, interesting or beautiful to see in whatever direction you happened to be looking. It seemed to be more of something you'd expect to find in the middle of Manhattan -- not in the center of downtown St. Louis!
There really was water everywhere. And everywhere there was water, there were people in it! It was warm today, a beautiful and perfect mix of sun and clouds with a breeze that occasionally -- and only occasionally became something more.
What a wonderful addition to have in downtown just ahead of the influx of visitors for the All Star game!