Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Pic Today 9/16/15







IN THE SHADOW OF THE ARCH

If you're anywhere near downtown St. Louis,
you're close to the shadow of the
St. Louis Gateway Arch.

Completed in 1965, it has become
the symbol of our city.

Designed by Eero Saarinen
and constructed of stainless steel,
the arch stands 630-feet high
and 630-feet wide . . .
which makes it the strongest possible
architectural structure, a catenary arch*.

*Hang a chain whose width is the same 
as its height, freeze it, flip it over,
and you have a catenary arch.
Nothing stronger.

The St. Louis Gateway Arch
symbolizes the Jefferson National
Expansion, west of the Mississippi.

(There are little elevators inside
which can take you to the top,
for a magnificent view.)

7 comments:

  1. Great captures! I remember first seeing the arch in 1962, on my family's wild west vacation... from NYC. The arch told us we were officially entering the west! Crazy fun days.

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  2. Hi Rick,
    The architecture is beautiful! I didn't know this arc.
    xoxo

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  3. Eres un gran embajador de St. Louis (en mi casa conocen mejor St. Louis que muchas ciudades españolas) . Las fotos son estupendas.

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  4. I like catenary archs,this one is wonderful!
    Enjoy it.

    xx

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  5. Top photo shows it in a fresh, previously unseen way!


    ALOHA
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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  6. This view always stunned me!
    Your photos are very beautiful!
    The first is my favorite.

    Catenary kisses
    (^^)

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  7. Que lindo!!! E como eu já disse é maravilhoso conhecer a s coisas por suas lentes Rick, e em especial a sua tão bela St. Louis
    Imagino que seja realmente magnífica a vista do alto do arco, ou deitar na grama na sombra do arco, como diz teu belo post! Lindo demais!!!
    Besitos

    http://simplesmentelilly.blogspot.com.br/

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