Hypnartic Artwork added increased shine to the Gateway Arch stainless steel monument spanning 630 feet wide and high in St. Louis, Missouri with a nearby installation display of its Solar Reflections and Spinning Leaves kinetic wind sculptures this past October.
The expansive stainless steel structure located upon the banks of the Mississippi River provided a larger than life background for the pair of Hypnartic Artwork designs cast from stainless steel and copper. Residual breezes enabled the kinetic wind sculptures to pirouette and rotate while positioned in plain view under the watchful eye of the copper dome of the Old St. Louis County Courthouse. A short while later, the pair continued spinning for onlookers while displayed upon the adjacent grounds of Washington Square Park.
Hypnartic Artwork offers a collection of four artful kinetic wind sculptures. Heights range between eight and twelve feet. Each is produced with materials of quality and crafted with precision. Meticulous engineering and innovative design enables quiet and smooth 360 degree rotation upon capturing the natural kinetic energy of available breezes. In addition to Solar Reflections and Spinning Leaves, Hypnartic Artwork’s collection includes Concord Swan and Wind Weaver cast from copper. Sculptures offer metalwork with a classic, clean, signature design that enhances suburban as well as urban personal outdoor spaces.
Engineered to withstand the worst and best of outdoor conditions, each Hypnartic Artwork sculpture secures to the earth with an easy to install anchoring system consisting of durable cast iron poles and bases featuring a protective marine powder coating which ensures longevity against exposure to harsh weather and other natural elements.
Hypnartic Artwork’s recent kinetic wind sculpture display in St. Louis perfectly aligns with the city’s deep appreciation of public outdoor sculpture as underscored by the existence of its Laumeier Sculpture Park. Founded in 1976, the park features a collection of sixty large-scale sculptures across 105 acres. It serves as one of the country’s first and oldest public parks dedicated to outdoor sculpture.
The company’s recent journey to the internationally famous Gateway Arch coincided with the 49th anniversary of the completion of its construction on October 28, 1965 which commenced on February 12, 1963. The final construction cost is calculated at about thirty million dollars which is estimated as the current equivalent of one hundred eighty million dollars.The Gateway Arch first opened to the public on June 10, 1967. However, long before the project was underway, President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated it as the country’s first National Historic Site upon signing its creation into law under Executive Order 7253 in 1935. Additionally, he earmarked $6.75 million of federal funds to the project.
The intended purpose of the building of the Gateway Arch was to serve as a symbol of the westward expansion of the United States. The enormous structure provides the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial which marks the starting point of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The Memorial’s creation was also signed into law in 1935. In addition to the Gateway Arch, the Memorial encompasses two additional historically significant structures. These include the Old St. Louis County Courthouse built in 1828 where the landmark Dred Scott v. Emerson legal case was initially argued in 1847 and a 45,000 sq. ft Museum of Westward Expansion. The courthouse had served as the Memorial’s largest structure prior to the construction of the Gateway Arch.
Commonly referred to as the St. Louis Arch and the Gateway of the West, the monument occupies 82 acres located upon the west bank of the Missouri River at the founding site of the city. A tram system with two passenger-style trams deliver visitors from the arch’s base to an observation room located at its peak. The trams operate at an approximate speed of 340 feet per minute or 3.86 miles per hour.
Today, the Gateway Arch continues to hold numerous domestic and global records as the world’s tallest arch, largest monument of the Western Hemisphere and tallest accessible building in Missouri. Governed by the National Park Service, the Gateway Arch was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1987. The monument’s architecturally significant design by Finnish-American Architect Eero Saarinen and German-American Structural Engineer Hanskarri Bendel in 1947 serves as one of architecture’s earliest examples of structural expressionisn. The storied fruition of the arch’s erection occurred rather speedily even by modern day standards. St. Louis civic leaders initially conceived the idea for the monument in 1933. Locally based proposals for the arch evolved into legislative bills that were presented to and received approval of the U.S. House and Senate before President Roosevelt signed its creation into law.