Thursday, October 29, 2009

Planet Walk Goes Up with a Big Bang in the Delmar Loop

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 9:00 AM

click to enlarge Wanna know where Saturn stands in relation to the sun, kiddies? Do your astronomy homework in the Delmar Loop! - COURTESY OF STEPHEN WALKER
  • Courtesy of Stephen Walker
  • Wanna know where Saturn stands in relation to the sun, kiddies? Do your astronomy homework in the Delmar Loop!
On a scale of one to 5 billion, where does Uranus stand in relation to the sun?

Well, if the sun is the Moonrise Hotel, and "5 billion" is Cicero's Restaurant, Uranus would be parked right at Brandt's Cafe.

That's the gist of the new Delmar Loop Planet Walk opening on November 8 with a "Big Bang" party and ribbon-cutting. The interactive walk - a la the Loop's already-popular St. Louis Walk of Fame - represents a scale model of the solar system.

Instead of stars molded into concrete, the Planet Walk is comprised of five-foot-tall signs bearing fun facts of astronomy.

At 2,800 feet long, the walk will begin at the Moonrise with a model of the sun and follows west, ending at Cicero's, with Neptune's likeness.

And what about Pluto, you ask? "Pluto has been demoted," explains Stephen Walker, the Planet Walk's creator. "The International Astronomical Union met in 2006 and decided Pluto would be downgraded to a dwarf planet."

Walker, a graphic designer for SSM Healthcare by day, dreamed up the idea several years ago after being intrigued by the Sagan Planet Walk in Ithaca, New York. He'd been scouting for a good St. Louis location when he stumbled upon the then-planned construction of the Moonrise Hotel.

The hotel's developer, Joe Edwards, adopted the idea immediately and proceeded to drum up $20,000 in funding from University City and St. Louis.

"Throughout the world there's about 24 such walks like this," says Walker. "Twelve of them are in the U.S, but apart from one in Wisconsin, we're pretty much loners here in the Midwest -- so it makes it that much more exciting."

Tags: ,

We’re keeping you informed…
...and it’s what we love to do. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, Riverfront Times has been keeping St. Louis informed for years.

It’s never been more important to support local news sources. A free press means accountability and a well-informed public, and we want to keep our unique and independent reporting available for many, many years to come.

If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to Riverfront Times. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture. Thank you.

Read the Digital Print Issue

March 25, 2020

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2020 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation