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Old Post Office Plaza Sculpture, St. Louis

Formerly a surface parking lot, the 30,000-squarefoot open space is in the heart of the central business district in downtown St. Louis. Located between Eighth and Ninth streets, and adjacent to the historic Old Post Office, hotels, The Roberts Orpheum Theater and the Library's Central Express, the plaza contains performance space, a large sculpture and waterfall. With seating for up to 1,000 people, the plaza features a 720-square-foot performance stage and a 5,000-square-foot gathering square.

The design for the plaza is based on the Greek myth of Daedalus and Icarus, beginning with a tree-covered labyrinth before traversing into the Island of Thorns, followed by crescendos with the Daedalus rise before concluding in dramatic fashion with the fall of Icarus in the water basin.

Known as the cloud wall, Umicore Building Products USA Inc. supplied 6,000 square feet of its perforated VMZINC Flat Lock panels in QUARTZ-ZINC.

Architect: Baird Sampson Neuert Architects, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Installer: Fabri-Tech Sheet Metal Inc., St. Louis
Engineer: EDM Inc., St. Louis
Metal wall panels: Umicore Building Products USA Inc., Raleigh, N.C.,
www.vmzinc-us.com