The sun was stubbornly hazy, so I spent a fair amount of time just standing and looking suspicious to the cop having a smoke across from the ballpark tonight.
He didn't seem to care that I was taking pictures, but disappeared into the parking ramp when his break was over. He might have been watching for skyway photo bandits like me. I don't know. But I didn't go in.
The limestone has reached up toward the top in a very specific section. It has not migrated any further. This is easy to understand once you realize that the "crawling" crane which hoists the panels can only move once a complete section is done.
Since the main grandstand is still taking shape as you move from right to left, it's easy to see that the grandstand has to reach its full height before limestone panels can go on. Ergo, this one area has now reached its full external height ("canopy" excluded, of course).
The press documentation for the first limestone panel installation says, "The walls are designed to emulate the naturally exposed ledges of stone visible along the banks of the Mississippi River."
This seems reasonable, but I felt it was worth checking out. Noah and I took a long drive up and down the West River Road looking for some naturally exposed ledges for comparison. They were somewhat sparse.
But just as we got to the top of the road (it ends temporarily while construction is completed on the new 35W bridge), I saw something useful:
I'm not a geologist, but there's definitely a resemblance.
What interested me more about this particular spot is how oblivious the Weisman Art Museum (shiny building) is to its surroundings. Rather than harmonizing with, well, anything around it, the architect has chosen to create a building which says, "Look at me -- only me! -- hey! are you looking at something else, bluff boy? trees? brick? the river? -- get over it! I'm here now!"
Of course, much the same can be said for pretty much any one of Gehry's buildings. I do not like them. (Could you tell?)
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