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Catch a Free Ride to the Art Hill Film Series on the Forest Park Explorer
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, July 12, 2019 - Metro Transit makes it easy to enjoy a movie under the stars at Forest Park this summer. The Forest Park Explorer will extend service on upcoming Fridays to provide free trips after 6 p.m. for families and movie lovers to the Saint Louis Art Museum's Art Hill Film Series. The Forest Park Explorer will provide these special, free trips between the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station and Art Hill on: July 12, July 19, July 26 and August 2. The first movie in the lineup was Black Panther on Friday, July 12.

Movie-goers can park at any one of the 21 free Metro Park-Ride lots in Missouri and Illinois, purchase a round trip ticket, ride MetroLink to the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station, and then hop on the Forest Park Explorer after 6 p.m. for a free ride to Art Hill to enjoy film, food, and fun. The Explorer will operate every 15 minutes between 6 p.m. and 8:55 p.m. for riders headed to the film series. The Explorer will provide direct trips back to the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station from the Saint Louis Art Museum every 30 minutes from 9:45 p.m. to midnight.

The Art Hill Film Series provides movie lovers with the opportunity to see a film while sitting in a scenic outdoor setting on Art Hill in Forest Park. Movies begin at 9 p.m., and seating space for blankets and lawn chairs is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The movie lineup this year is:

  • Friday, July 12 - Black Panther
  • Friday, July 19 - Anchorman
  • Friday, July 26 - Ocean's 8
  • Friday, August 2 - The Goonies
The Forest Park Explorer provides daily service from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. between the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station and all of the popular attractions in Forest Park - and is free to ride on Saturdays and Sundays. The Forest Park Explorer is in service through September 2, 2019.

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Conservators restore the Saint Louis Art Museum's "Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley" on May 21, 2019. Image courtesy Saint Louis Art Museum

Visitors to the Saint Louis Art Museum Can Watch Conservation of Massive Panorama Painting
ST. LOUIS, MO, ( - Conservators are treating the Saint Louis Art Museum's "Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley," and visitors are encouraged to watch the project in a niche in the southwest corner of Sculpture Hall.

Created in the mid-19th century by John J. Egan, the work consists of 350 feet of fabric that was scrolled horizontally from one roller to another to display 25 unique painted scenes.

Panoramas were a popular 19th-century form of visual culture and entertainment. When shown in its original context, a panorama would have been rolled in front of the audience to offer a cinematographic experience to viewers. Over time, the repetitive scrolling could cause sections of paint to wear off, as well as other damage.

"Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley" is the only known Mississippi River panorama that exists today. It was in a state of disrepair until the museum began its conservation in 2011. Supportive metal drums and a custom-designed, motorized apparatus replaced the old wooden rollers of the spooling system.

In the intervening years, numerous panels of the painting have been restored. This week, a team of conservators resumed this extensive project by treating and preserving the final three scenes.

Conservation is expected to continue through July. During the treatment in the museum's Sculpture Hall, visitors are invited to observe the conservators as they work. Visit to learn about scheduled question-and-answer sessions led by conservators, curators and docents.

Sculpture Garden Opens at Saint Louis Art Museum
The Grace Taylor Broughton Sculpture Garden, south of the museum, features an over life-sized bronze sculpture of Hercules and the Hydra, by German sculptor Mathias Gasteiger, positioned among hornbeam and serviceberry trees planted in a tight grid pattern to compliment elements of the Sir David Chipperfield-designed East Building.

Sculpture Garden at Saint Louis Art Museum
ST. LOUIS, MO, ( - The Saint Louis Art Museum has opened the Grace Taylor Broughton Sculpture Garden, installed with masterworks from the collection and more than 450 new trees, including hornbeam and serviceberry planted in a tight grid pattern.

The transformative project immediately south of the museum was made possible by a generous gift of $5 million from Barbara B. Taylor, president of the Saint Louis Art Museum Board of Commissioners, and Andrew C. Taylor, executive chairman of St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

In a release, Barbara Taylor said, "Andy and I take great pleasure in supporting the Saint Louis Art Museum's vision of connecting visitors with worldclass sculpture in a distinctive way. This new sculpture garden will be a beautiful and significant addition to the Museum, as well as to Forest Park."

Works in the Museum's collection, including sculpture by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Aristide Maillol, and Mathias Gasteiger, which complement Stone Sea, a work by Andy Goldsworthy commissioned by the Museum in 2012.

The new garden completes the phased landscape plan designed by Paris-based Michel Desvigne in concert with Sir David Chipperfield's design of the Art Museum's East Building, which opened in summer 2013.

Honored with the Medal of the French Academy of Architecture (2000) the French national Urbanism Grand Prize (2011), Desvigne's landscape projects include Millennium Park in London's Greenwich Peninsula, Luxemburg's Draï Eechelen Park and the New Qatar National Museum in Doha.

Saint Louis Art Museum Opens East Building
The East Building, designed by Sir David Chipperfield, at the Saint Louis Art Museum, features floor-to-ceiling windows and 23 monumental panels of dark polished concrete, with highlights of Missouri river aggregates. See related story: Saint Louis Art Museum Unveils Contemporary East Building

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Crusader King Louis IX in front of the Saint Louis Art Museum
The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the leading art museums with more than 100 galleries. The building was designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert as the Palace of Fine Arts for the 1904 World's Fair in Forest Park. Standing atop Art Hill, it is the "crown" jewel" of the 1,370-acre park. The Grand Basin is the lake at the foot of Art Hill and served as the focal point of the 1904 World's Fair.

The Museum's collections feature more than 30,000 art treasures from ancient times to the present. Highlights include art of the Renaissance, masterpieces of Impressionism, American European Art, Asian art, Period Rooms, the Egyptian mummy, and world-renowned collections of pre-Columbian and German Expressionist art.

The Museum provided $10 million for improvements to Art Hill and nearby areas including: reconstruction of Fine Arts Drive in the front of the Museum between the front stairway and the statue of St. Louis; the street and the area around the landmark statue is now paved with granite; construction of two curved, tree-lined walkways, or promenades, extending about 250 yards in each direction from the statue of St. Louis to the existing circular parking areas; construction of scenic overlooks near the expanded circular parking areas; landscaping of the two promenades and of the entire area with ornamental trees and decorative lighting; and new parking adjacent to the scenic overlooks.

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Friday, 10:00 am-9:00 pm; Closed Monday. For more information, call 314-721-0072. Admission to the Saint Louis Art Museum is free. Admission to featured exhibitions is free on Friday.

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