Ron Fondaw | 2003
Delmar Loop near MetroLink Park & Ride Lot
Fiberglass, LEDs, steel, neon lights
Seven 33′ h. x 4′ w. x 4′ d. sculptures
Vertical Loop is an installation of seven sculptures composed of colorful, three-dimensional, fiberglass objects designed to reflect the dynamic commercial district known as the Delmar Loop.
Pedestrians stroll the Pageant Walkway, while overhead, atop eclectic columns, an artist’s palette, a ballet slipper, a book, and a guitar point downwind. Each is a weather vane symbolizing four arts disciplines: visual art, dance, literature, and music.
It’s a larger-than-life balancing act. A soccer ball, a teapot, a chicken, and an ice cream cone stand atop a giant jack-o-lantern. A stump supports a frothy mug, and overgrown pear, and a blue head with flaming hair. At night, neon light glows from within the shapes while LEDs at the tops of the sculptures punctuate the dark.
Commissioned by Arts in Transit for the City of St. Louis.