Carondelet Park

via YouTube video by Peat Wollaeger

A giant, blinking set of eyes is the latest public art project to grace the south city neighborhood of Carondelet.

The 100 by 30 foot stencil is painted on a corrugated, street-facing wall owned by Southern Metals, at the corner of South Broadway and Holly Hills Avenue.

The mural is the work of Kirkwood street artist Peat Wollaeger, aka Eyez, aka stenSOUL.

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

MoDOT building that will be shuttered in restructuring could get new life

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission yesterday approved a five-year reduction plan that will eliminate 1200 jobs and close 131 facilities - including district offices in Macon, Joplin and Willow Springs. But the building in Joplin could get see new life fairly quickly. The AP reports that MoDOT director Kevin Keith has offered the building to the Joplin School District, which saw a half-dozen buildings destroyed or damaged in the May 22 F5 tornado.

Keith says agency employees who would be in the building when school starts would be relocated to temporary quarters.

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Carondelet Park Grand Stand burned to the ground today. A spokesman for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says it’s considered a total loss.

Built in 1898, the stand was used for Sunday concerts and rented out for picnics.

Firefighters got the call shortly after 2 p.m. There’s no word on the cause of the fire.