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The Gateway Foundation had to negotiate for some time with the U.S. Parks Service before it could illuminate the Gateway Arch.
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This may sound rather biblical. Back in 1998, it was as if the Gateway Foundation of St. Louis said, “Let there be light.”

And there was light indeed. Eventually, lots of it. After this luminous program began to roll radiantly through town, sunset meant important architectural buildings in our regional world came alive with light.

Peter Fischer avoided publicity, but did accept the St. Louis Award.
File photo | Robert W. Duffy | St. Louis Beacon

M. Peter Fischer, whose reticence and penchant for anonymity were exceeded only by his generosity and keen and realized desires to contribute to the improvement of the city of St. Louis, died of cancer Thursday night on Cape Cod with his family in attendance. He was 80 years old and lived in Ladue.

Perry Bascom
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If you looked across a crowded room at a party and saw Perry Bascom, you might get the impression that he was just another unreconstructed preppy on his way to play tennis. Or should you glimpse him on his way to work, you might conclude he was one more soul heading downtown to commence another day of quiet desperation in business.

Citygarden Sculptures Inspire Musicians

Aug 1, 2014
Ben Kaplan / Commonwealth

A group of local artists are taking the real estate mantra “location, location, location” and making it their own.

“Commonwealth is a way of making art that’s inspired by location, that’s inspired by the city,” said Commonwealth co-founder Ben Kaplan. “It wasn’t so much about the name of the place, it was about the location.”

Even before Citygarden opened, the rabbits -- ones who actually hop and eat -- had discovered the park. No visitor ever got to see the hollyhocks.
File photo | Rachel Heidenry

A birthday party will be held Wednesday for St. Louis' youngest urban treasure: Citygarden. In honor of its fifth birthday, the lunchtime concert featuring DJ Nune, will run from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

Five years ago, a St. Louis Beacon article said:

"Build it and they will come? Most definitely.

"Citygarden, which opened today, was full of curious visitors ready to explore. Even skeptics came away with enthusiastic reviews.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Cinema at Citygarden has announced the three winners of its third juried competition, which was open to St. Louis-area filmmakers. Competitors had to create short works and incorporate nature as a key element in their films.

The $1,500 first place winner was “Being,” directed by Nenad Simic & Zarko Mladenovic. The $1,000 second place winner was “Watershed Cairns,” directed by Kingsley Uwalaka & Matt Zahnweh. The $500 third place winner was “Green Thumb,” directed by Wyatt Weed.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 23, 2011 - The cheerful glow of colored and white lights emanating from downtown's Citygarden sculpture park surrounds a dark spot now that the Terrace View restaurant is serving its last meal at lunch on Dec. 23.

No new restaurant tenant is set to occupy the space but there's been plenty of interest, according to Terrace View general manager Jeff Handlan.

Citygarden wins major landscape architecture award

Sep 29, 2011
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A revitalized area of downtown St. Louis has been named one of the top designed public spaces in the world.

The American Society of Landscape Architects on Wednesday announced that St. Louis' Citygarden was among 37 winners from nearly 600 entries. Citygarden earned an Honor Award in General Design.

Citygarden was designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. It includes a three-acre sculpture park, greenery, even a water area where children play in warm weather.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 26, 2011 - When dining in downtown St. Louis' Citygarden sculpture park you're more likely to hear "Would you like a wine list?" than "Do you want fries with that?" But that could change with the closing of Terrace View restaurant.

Review: Newcomer to Citygarden: 'Big Suit'

Sep 21, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 21, 2011 - From the very beginning, Citygarden's approach to art collecting has had a certain sardonic edge along with an engaging sense of humor and a very accessible and valuable introduction to three-dimensional art of our time.

But if you're interested in discovering the tough stuff -- art that conceals menace behind its cheerful surface -- check out its monumental Pinocchio sculpture -- Jim Dine's "Big White Gloves, Big Four Wheels." Or that hauntingly anthropomorphic "Bird" by Laura Ford or Tom Claassen's white bunnies, which, were they real, could hippety-hop around and take care of Mr. McGregors everywhere.

Citygarden wins national open space award

May 19, 2011
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St. Louis landmark Citygarden has been named the recipient of the ULI Amanda Burden Urban Open Space Award.

The award "celebrates and promotes vibrant, successful urban open spaces by annually recognizing and rewarding an outstanding example of a public destination that has enriched and revitalized its surrounding community," according to the award's website.

Bernar Venet, 2 Arcs x 4, 230.5 Degree Arc x 5. The pink sign on the recent photo The safety of children who come to Citygarden is the sole responsibility of their caregivers. Playing in or near or on sculpture is inherently dangerous.
Rachel Heidenry and Donna Korando

Philanthropist M. Peter Fischer didn't mince words at the St. Louis Award ceremony Thursday. Do the Gateway Mall right, he said, and keep the hands of commercial developers and politicians off it.

Fischer, who is the 82nd person to receive the award, is known for elusiveness rather than garrulousness. It was a surprise to many that he was willing not only to accept the St. Louis Award for his philanthropy but also that he was also going to receive it in a public ceremony.