The River Between Us ExhibitAccording to the artist: “the work speaks to a multitude of adventures around the Mississippi River and the great risks undertaken by so many.” Williams takes on the sweep of American history in his work Empire Flight, 2013. One of two in a series created for the exhibition The River Between Us, Empire Flight symbolizes risk, adventure, technological development and the pursuit of power. With the addition of the corporate logo inspired graphic decals painted on the surface, the sculpture acts as a receptacle for complex visual references to history and culture around the Mississippi River in both St. Louis and New Orleans, alluding to important dates, locations and people. Applied to the sculpture, the year 1927 is an important date, referring to Charles Lindbergh’s success in completing the first non-stop transatlantic flight in his plane the Spirit of St. Louis, arriving safely in Paris on May 21, 1927.
The River Between Us Exhibit
St. Louis and New Orleans have many issues of common concern and are physically linked by the mighty Mississippi River. The River Between Us exhibit will showcase works that reflect how the lives of people in both communities have always been intertwined with the river’s role in United States history.
The exhibit is open outdoors from 8 am until 30 minutes after sunset. The indoor galleries are open 10 am-5 pm Tuesday through Friday and noon- 50 pm Saturday and Sunday. Laumeier Sculpture Park is free and open to the public.
Call 314-615-5278 and visit www.laumeiersculpturepark.org for more information.