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Saint Louis Art Museum's new addition sneak peek

6:11 PM, Dec 4, 2012   |    comments
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By Heidi Glaus

St. Louis (KSDK) - It is 200,000 square feet of space, 40,000 of which will be new gallery space.

"From here you'll be able to see the Andy Goldsworthy sculptures 'Stone Sea' there are 25 arches," said Amanda Mueller, Marketing Assistant at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

There's a parking garage with 300 spots including spaces for electric cars to plug into and then you enter the main galleries.

"The project is designed for natural daylight to come into the gallery spaces to illuminate the paintings in the most natural way possible so there's skylights over every one of these rectangular pieces of concrete that allow daylight to filter through without direct sunlight ever hitting a painting," explained Roger McFarland, Group Vice President and Practice Principal for HOK.

The stainless steel grills in the floor help insure that air never goes across a painting. The truth is some of the most amazing things about the new space are things you don't see.

"This is actually a light monitor," Jeanette Fausz, Registrar of the museum said.

They also have to make sure the temperature and humidity are just right because soon the walls will be more colorful, which might be the most challenging decision to date.

[Reporter]: "So what's your biggest headache as you prepare for the art?"

"Wow, probably just deciding, the determination of what's going to go where. There's a lot of pressure on curatorial staff to make it look just right and pick those pieces that are going to work," said Fausz.

There's also a 100 seat restaurant with quite possibly the most beautiful view of Forest Park.

"If you look out the window you'll see out over Art Hill and into the grand basin," added Carl Hamm, Deputy Director for Development and External Affairs.

Of course, you'll have to wait until the new addition officially opens June 29, 2013, but one more thing, this part of the Saint Louis Art Museum will also be free except for special exhibitions.

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