Monochromatic Landmark

St. Louis, Missouri By: Alexandra Francisco 3A

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Elements & Principles

The element of art in my art work is color. I organized this to achieve the principle of design, Unity. Unity is creating a harmonious feeling by repeating an element throughout of a art work. I created color by repeating it throughout the painting. The color make it seems harmonious because it reuses purple it abstains the work.

History & Culture

The art I'm working on is Gateway Arch. The Gateway Arch is located in St. Louis, Missouri by the Mississippi River in downtown. It was built in February 12, 1963. It was completed in October 28 1965. "Why was it was created?" Well it was created because it was symbol of the Gateway to the west. It was designed for the westward of expansion of the United States. This landmark location was chosen because it was represented by Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Underneath the Arch you will find a museum called the Museum of Westward Expansion and the Old Courthouse. It is the tallest monument in America, so it shows the improvement in construction.
Kelly, Martin. "St. Louis Arch". About.com Education. N.p., 2016. Web. 29 Jan. 2016.


"How Was The St. Louis Arch Built?". N.p., 2015. Web. 29 Jan. 2016.

Art & Design

This Arch was designed by a Finnish-American architect, Eero Saarine, and with help a German-American engineer Hannskarl Bandel. It symbolizes that people were moving into land and starting a new life. These men worked hard to get this monument done. It took them about two years and eight months. The Gateway Arch total cost about 13 millions dollars. The art material used steel and concrete. The outside of the Arch is about 1/4 inches of steel and inner layer of 3/8 inches steel with a layer of concrete. The Arch weight is 17, 246 tons and 16 window on each side., where visitors can transports to the top. The Arch legs are equilateral triangles. Another interesting fact is it can withstand an earthquake, it designed to sway.
Kelly, Martin. "St. Louis Arch". About.com Education. N.p., 2016. Web. 29 Jan. 2016.


"How Was The St. Louis Arch Built?". N.p., 2015. Web. 29 Jan. 2016.

Personal Response

As an American artist, I chose this art work because I think it would pretty awesome to go up on a tall monument and see the landscape below the Gateway arch. I think the people who designed and participated in the construction worked really hard to build the monument. Also, it's part of Missouri's history, since historical figures like Thomas Jefferson are related to it and there is a museum in the bottom levels where you can find out more information.