InSITE STL is a group of site-specific, temporary public artworks in Downtown St. Louis in 2022. The works, developed by St. Louis-based artists, impact how we see Downtown — from the actual physical character, to different views and sightlines, to our views and perceptions of what Downtown is and can be. The artworks encourage exploration, curiosity, and a new way of seeing.
InSITE STL Projects
What’s Your Number?
What’s Your Number? will visualize data into a largescale mural about the quantity of time that survey respondents reported spending on their mobile devices, their screen time number, making this intimate set of data public and exploring how people connect with each other.
The Department Co.
The Department Co. will explore new and alternative possibilities for commerce and community while referencing Downtown’s historical commercial center through several illustrative window murals. Virtual and in-person artist engagements will inspire community by teaching participants to reuse commonly found materials to make functional goods. Through the artworks and engagements, Murphy aims to shed light on a future in which community members play an active role in defining and creating culture in St. Louis.
Each part of the series will be a collaboration between Portlock and a different artist with ties to St. Louis. The subject matter for each animation will be the forgotten history of each building, carefully researched through local archives to share the building’s significance to the city. The projects each combine special-effects software and the visual conventions of 19th-century American painting to creatively interact with contemporary cityscapes and are scaled to highlight the specific architecture of the surface.
Ribbons of Light
Ribbons of Light will engulf the corner of the Park Pacific Apartments parking garage with LED tentacle-like lines of light intended to merge with the architectural details of the site and interrupt the rigid grid of the city. The artwork explores the dynamics of movement, balance and light using commonly found utilitarian materials.
Sine Screen will distill the historic architectural ornament designs of renowned architects Adler and Sullivan and ancient building construction techniques through the lens of digital technologies to create a 3D-printed masonry screen wall. The site-specific sculpture, made from sustainable, locally sourced clay, will fill the site with patterns of light and shadow, textural fields, and optical effects based on mathematic sine equations.