Art 101 Assignment 10 Space Needle 11-29-17.docx

Adults pay 22 dollars to go up to the observation

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Adults pay 22 dollars to go up to the observation deck with children paying slightly less around 14 dollars. According to an Article by Today “the Space Needle attracts 1.3 million visitors every year” (Today). That’s almost 3,600 people a day that come to Seattle and go to the Space Needle. For a lot of those people this is a bucket list opportunity, when I grew up in Indiana, I always wanted to travel and see fun new places this was one of the places that I revered, the Space Needle in Seattle, and every time I see this place I am reminded of some of my favorite things about Seattle from the food to the Seahawks, to the public market and the kind of people that live there, that I relate to so well. This building is a symbol of a great town and a place that many tourists go out of their way to visit every year. But what if I told you there was a structure that attracted way more people than the Space Needle and was more iconic to its city. That would be the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri and we will profile Eero Saarinen’s great achievement after this commercial break. I would like to run a commercial about suicide prevention or for a suicide hotline that may help someone who is going through a tough time, I want to run this here because a lot of people have committed suicide by jumping from the Space Needle. 2. The Gateway Arch Saint Louis, Missouri, United States of America
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If you thought that the Space Needle meant a lot to Seattle then you will be able to understand the meaning of the Gateway Arch to the City of St. Louis and the State of Missouri. The Gateway Arch and St. Louis are synonymous which means you can’t have one without the other. Construction on the Arch began on February 12 th , 1963 and was completed on October 28 th , 1965. The Gateway Arch opened to the public on June 10 th , 1967. The City of St. Louis is viewed as the beginning of the American West. Throughout history most people who were “heading west” would come through St. Louis. The Gateway Arch was built as a monument to the Westward expansion of the United States (Soroka, p. A3). The city sits on the Mississippi River and was a major shipping hub. The Gateway Arch was designed by Eero Saarinen in 1947. The Gateway Arch is 630-feet tall which makes it Missouri’s tallest accessible building. The Gateway Arch is a monument and it is the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere
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(Lohraff, p.73). The Gateway Arch is the World’s tallest arch (Remsberg, p.91-94). The Gateway Arch is a weighted catenary arch (American Institute of Steel Construction). The Gateway Arch is a monument and that is the function it serves it is the centerpiece to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. The Gateway Arch was originally supposed to be smaller according to Saarinen and the bases were supposed to be square instead of triangular. One of the people Saarinen trusted the most convinced him to make the bases triangular. Saarinen was in a competition for the first time without any design help from his father. The idea was that the building would be one central feature. So that meant it would be a single shaft building or an
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