Home | Experience the Arts | Public Art Directory | Poetry Spirals and Medallion

Public Art

Poetry Spirals and Medallion

By Con Christeson and Phil Robinson
Category: Miscellaneous

About

Two busy streets intersect; there’s a traffic light, turning cars, buses, bikes and pedestrians crossing the street. Most people are headed toward the bus center where they arrive just in time to catch their bus. If too late, they wait for another to arrive. Today just such a missed connection leaves time for a commuter to slow his pace, to relax and to gaze down at the brass spirals underfoot that he’s hurried past day after day.

Starting at the center of the southern spiral he begins to read, “Shall we ride with Sky in Hand/Rushing past my window seat?/We travel daily dreaming of where and when, riding here and now, over and under the edge of light “Red Birdlanes” echoes of seats, down and around, again and again.” The western spiral continues, in part, “A mapmaker’s compass inscribes our journey, offering chances and choices…this town, this bus, that place, my neighbor.” It’s time. His bus arrives. He steps on board while, at the same time, one of the phrases, “dreaming of where and when,” repeats itself like a refrain inside his head.

As members of the design team contributing to the overall look of the Gravois-Hampton MetroBus Center, artists Con Christeson and Phil Robinson created two 16-foot brass coils they call Poetry Spirals that are inscribed with poems evoking themes of travel, memory and sense of place.

Courtesy of Metro Arts in Transit

Dimensions: 16′
Year Completed: 2002
Material: Brass, cast iron
Owner: Arts in Transit


About the artist:

Arts and cultural events are waiting around every corner throughout the St. Louis region. Explore the abundant creativity our area has to offer. From gallery shows and performances to public installations, St. Louis is rich with culture and the arts in all forms. Browse these links to experience our arts community firsthand.

EXPLORE THE ARTS

Due to the ongoing financial impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) has been working diligently to adjust our annual grantmaking programs to ensure alignment with RAC’s strategic priorities, and in response to feedback from the arts community.

READ OUR MESSAGE

We have gathered a variety of news, information, and other resources to sustain the health and vibrancy of our arts community.

EXPLORE OUR RESOURCES

As the leading public catalyst for arts and culture in St. Louis, the Regional Arts Commission leverages the power of creativity to strengthen and enrich our community. Read our commitment to diversity, racial equity, accessibility, and inclusion, and see our strategic plan for the next five years.

LEARN MORE ABOUT RAC

Covid-19 has impacted us all. But what it hasn’t changed is RAC’s commitment to finding innovative ways to support arts programming, arts organizations, and individual artists through the pandemic, and to resuming these programs as soon as conditions allow.

VIEW ALL OUR INFORMATION RELATED TO COVID-19

Skip to content