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Celebrating 40 Years of Sculpture at Laumeier

One of the gems of the St. Louis arts and culture scene is a 105-acre wonderland called Laumeier Sculpture Park.

Founded in 1976, Laumeier is one of the first and largest dedicated sculpture parks in the country. Local artist Ernest Trova initially gifted the park 40 artworks, with an estimated market value of approximately one million dollars, to St. Louis County for the formation of a sculpture park and gallery.

In the years since, the park has added dozens of large-scale, outdoor sculptures, and thousands of people have spent eye-opening hours gazing and interacting with them.

In 2015, Laumeier was awarded an Artworks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to honor the Park’s 40th Anniversary. This award gave Laumeier the opportunity to create an online archive of content where visitors can explore the history of the Park, from 1976 to now.

We worked with Laumeier to create a site worthy of the contributions the park has made to the lives of St. Louisans and visitors

Organized by decades, the site highlights milestones in the Park’s history, stories, memories and creative texts, as well as past and present artworks in the collection. Through this interactive space, the site demonstrates that Laumeier is a place committed to developing and promoting the intersection of art and nature.

The site’s highlight is a “data sculpture” that uses geolocation tags from Instagram posts about Laumeier to create an ever-changing image.

On the homepage, a living data visualization morphs daily based on Instagram posts geolocated and hashtagged at the park. Visitors play a part in creating a piece of digital art while experiencing physical art.

Experience it yourself at history.laumeiersculpturepark.org.

In addition to the 40th Anniversary site, Paradowski helped Laumeier create a brand identity for Gigi Scaria’s summer 2016 exhibition, called “Time.”

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The clock-inspired exhibit logo was animated and coded to sync with the individual’s computer clock, emphasizing further the fluid experience of time and the constant change it brings.

Check out the site at gigi.laumeiersculpturepark.org.