New murals welcome visitors to St. Louis

December 24, 2017 by  

Passengers arriving in St. Louis via Terminal 2 at the St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) are now welcomed by colorful murals.

Baggage Carousels 1 and 2 both have murals on both sides, and they are about 40 feet long. The Lambert Art & Culture Program commissioned the murals, with the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission lending its support.

Carousel 2 is decorated with ‘Ebb and Flow IV’ by Megan Singleton, a local artist. Singleton has taken geospatial data provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture of the area near the airport, which includes the watershed of the Lower Missouri River, as her pattern. The artist used pulp paper to create the illusion of the watershed’s contours, which form a three-dimensional relief on the wall. On the opposite wall a series of drawings of aquatic plants native to Missouri are displayed.

The second mural is by Ellie Balk, who is also from St. Louis. Her work on Carousel 1 is called ‘Alight on St. Louis’, and she and her assistants took ten nights to install it. They used approximately 30 bright colors, such as purple, yellow, orange, and pink, to create an abstract map of St. Louis, but from the perspective of someone flying over the city. This clearly ties in with the idea of arriving by air.

Works like this can be enjoyed by many people if officials create brochures showing the art.