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

So that meant it would be a single shaft building or

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building would be one central feature. So that meant it would be a single shaft building or an arch “or something that would symbolize American culture and civilization” (Brown, p.44). Saarinen ran with the idea of building and the arch and his original design was 509 feet tall. Over time Saarinen would move the Arch’s height to 630 feet and that is the height of the Gateway Arch today. This building is on my list because I lived in St. Louis for a couple of years when I was younger. It is a staple of St. Louis. It is by far the most single iconic image of the city that it is in. This is my humble opinion of course. When traveling to St. Louis you start to see the Gateway Arch miles before you get there. So, it acts like a welcoming committee for anyone who is visiting St. Louis. The Gateway Arch is massive, it is stainless steel and at its base it is triangular. There are entrances on both the North and South side of the Gateway Arch that will take you to the top. The voyage to the top is rather disconcerting for some the trams that take you to the top are very small and remind me of buckets on a ferris wheel. The wind up each side of the arch on the inside until you get to the top level which has 8 windows that face East towards the Mississippi River and Illinois, and 8 windows that face West towards downtown St. Louis and beyond. You can barely see the windows of the Gateway Arch from the ground. People line up every single day to pay 13 dollars for adults and 10 dollars for children to ride the tram to the
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top of the Gateway Arch. A fun fact is that no one in St. Louis calls the Gateway Arch by its full name. It is simply just referred to as “The Arch” To be honest if you referred to it as the Gateway Arch you probably would then be asked if you are from out of town. If you thought the Space Needle’s 1.3 million visitors were a lot. I hate to inform you that more than 3 times that many people visit the Gateway Arch every year. Experts say about 4 million people visit the Gateway Arch every year (Interesting America). Much like the Space Needle and Seattle, any visit to St. Louis is not complete without a visit to the Gateway Arch. To make this list you have to be an iconic structure that attracts millions of people every year and they have to pay to go to the top. Next, we head North of the Border to visit our friends in Canada, at their National Monument in Toronto, the Canadian National Tower or CN Tower. 3. CN Tower Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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So, you are 19 years old and you and your 2 best friends are home for the summer after your first year of college. On a whim, you decide to go to somewhere fun for the weekend. The legal drinking age in the United States is 21 but the legal drinking age in Canada is 19, and the Blue Jays are home this weekend. 9 hours later knowing nothing about Toronto you show up and hit the beer store and order 12 Molson Canadian beers. You walk out look at the skyline of Toronto and only one thought comes to your mind, I AM GOING UP IN THAT!!!! The that is the CN Tower and at 553.3 meters (they use the metric system up there for us in the United States that’s
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