The award-winning design incorporates brightly lit Wing Lights, cloud and screen walls, extensive landscaping and water features with a sculpture "Torso di Ikaro" by artist Igor Mitoraj as its focal point. Development of The Plaza was identified as a key component of revitalization of the Old Post Office District in the 1999 Downtown Development Action Plan.
The dedication weekend will kick off with an official Grand Opening on Friday at 4 pm. On Saturday, free family entertainment begins at 10 a.m. and musical acts start at 1 p.m. At noon on Sunday, a range of musical acts will perform, including: the Rum Drum Ramblers, the St. Louis Brass Band and Alvin Jeff and Phat NoiZ.
The Plaza is privately owned and managed by Downtown Now! for public enjoyment. Project funding totals $8.16 million and includes support from the Danforth Foundation, the US Bancorp Community Development Corporation, the St. Louis Brownfields Cleanup Fund (via SLDC) and the Gateway Foundation. The Gateway Foundation additionally funded the design fees and will install and maintain the sculpture. The budget includes funding for ongoing programming and operations.
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