A bright-colored grid of St. Louis City streets greet thousands of travelers at St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) as part of temporary murals at the Terminal 2 Baggage Claim. St. Louis artist Ellie Balk hand-painted the walls around Carousel 1 with 30 different colors- bright yellow, deep purple to accents of pink and orange, just to name a few. The mural is an abstract map drawn from the street grid of a section of St. Louis City, but from a slight bird’s-eye perspective. It gives the viewers the feeling of soaring over St. Louis in a plane.
“It looks like what you would see outside of the window seat,” Balk said. “I created the piece as one large map, and then it’s wrapped around the carousel, which evokes that action of walking around and seeing the whole thing, because it’s all connected.”
Balk’s work centers on mathematics and data visualization. Through color and abstraction, she creates systems to tell information.