Saturday, June 23, 2012

Go West X - Gateway Arch

Pedestrian Crossing Sign, Gateway Arch, Saint Louis, Missouri  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved


Gateway Arch is the tallest man-made monument in the U.S. (630 feet) and was built to commemorate our country's westward movement. American's urge to go West is deeply ingrained in our psyche since explorers and pioneers started the trend in the late 1700's.

So it is appropriately symbolic that the walking man on this sign
is under the arch,
on the go,
 and heading westward!


20 comments:

  1. Interestingly the medieval mind thought that west was the direction of death. The expression that something had "gone west" meant that it was lost forever, probably this comes from viewing the setting sun each day. Your pedestrian looks thoroughly modern however so should make it over the crossing OK!

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  2. Well, that and McDonalds arches seem like appropriate symbols of American largesse.

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  3. Nice capture on the arch. The story sets up the sign just perfectly.

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  4. That's one great juxtaposition - perfectly shot...and a good story too.

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  5. Nice one Doug. Very smart and interesting symbolism.

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  6. That's massive!
    God bless you!
    Cezar

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  7. It's a great background for the sign.

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  8. That's what I call a big arch.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  9. That's a very impressive monument and your composition with the traffic sign is just great
    :)
    We learned about the movement to the west (and the frontier) at school (history lessons ;)

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  10. Go West
    Life is peaceful there...

    Ha... since the globe is round, if we keep moving westward,
    we'll eventually get back where we started, right? :o)

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  11. Good step to the West.
    Nice.
    Cheers.

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  12. Perfect composition for this picture. Nicely seen!
    Have a nice day.

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  13. really great execution here, love it! :)

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