Showcase: Citygarden (St. Louis, MO) March 18, 2015 15:38
St. Louis, MO
Here is how landscape architects Nelson Byrd Woltz describe the project on their website:
The design derives from the cultural and natural histories of St. Louis and its environs. Acknowledging its position in the heart of the Gateway Mall a few blocks west of the noble Arch and the Mississippi River, the Garden is structured in three precincts delineated by two walls. The northern precinct represents the river bluffs and is most urban in character. The café is located here. The middle precinct represents the low floodplain. The southern precinct represents the cultivated river terraces with its lush gardens. The most pronounced design gesture is a 550-foot long arcing wall of Missouri limestone that defines the edge between the urban precinct and the grassy ‘floodplain’. Evoking the geologically expressive bends and bluffs of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, the wall is constructed of 1200 blocks of locally quarried stone. More information here: http://www.citygardenstl.org. Joint venture with Studio | Durham Architects, St. Louis, MO.”
LED Waves’ Involvement
LED string lights are ideal for this kind of application, since they last for years (even in the fairly extreme St. Louis weather) and use very little electricity. They are also lighter than traditional string lights and look great as an accent for treescapes. We furnished both custom color and custom length to decorate a total of 22 trees. Lighting designer Fisher Marantz Stone used 15-foot runs for each of the 22 tree trunks and a total of 76 10-foot runs for branches. The color temperature was set for a 3500K~4000K range to balance warmth and optimize lumens.
We heartily recommend that you check out the project page on the Nelson Byrd Woltz site; there are some amazing photos, some of them showing the famous Arch in the background. Here is a picture of our contribution – the LED string lights on the trees in the background.
Designer: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
Architecture: Studio Durham Architects
Lighting Design: Fisher Marantz Stone
Photographer: Steve Hall of HedrichBlessing