After a very good lunch at Mai Lee, we drove downtown into St. Louis city.
On a cold winter's day, there was virtually nobody to be found there. Quite a contrast to the bustle during summer.
I walked up to the large display screen that projects a real-time video panorama of the garden. There I am, indistinctly pointing my camera at the screen.
The two walkers in orange that you see at the bottom of the photo to the right are in perpetual walking motion. Dressed for summer, they don't speed up for the cold. They are best seen at night – this afternoon they were probably glad of each other's company on the empty plaza.
A chill that the two very large bunny rabbits show below presumably did not feel. White and smooth, they projected an iciness that belied the warm and fuzzy associations with such a shape.
Ruth began to walk briskly east and west. I lingered, risking frost-nip on my fingers, as my cameras are not designed for heavy glove use.
Again, as on Saturday, the pale winter sunlight was filtered through a veil of cloud casting indistinct shadow and pallid color over the scene.
Still quite beautiful though.
I wandered up to this statue by Ken Yasada called The Door Of No Return. Looking through and up framed this skyscraper.This is the AT&T Center (formerly the Southwestern Bell Center and before that the Bell Center). It's the second tallest building in St. Louis but seemed quite diminished by its framing through The Door Of No Return.
Following Ruth westward brought me to the Richard Serra sculpture, Twain.This shot is looking west towards the Civil Courts Building. Those are not black bands drawn on my photograph – they are the eastern ends of the plate steel used for the sculpture. Twain is loathed by many St. Louisians (looking closely, you can see, almost hidden beneath the rust, the graffiti 'GET RID OF THIS' on a number of the panels), but I like it a lot. Like most Serra works, it requires activity from the viewer to appreciate it – walking around, through and up and down its length.
That was enough. Back to the car and home we went after this.