Arts in Transit
Chesterfield Arts
St. Louis
Grand Center
U. City



Artist: Susan Cooper, American, b. 1947
Title: Footnote, 2001
Media: Welded powder-coated steel and copper
Dimensions: 40' h., 10' w., 10'd.
Owner: Commissioned by the Laclede's Landing Foundation,
additional funds from RAC

About the Work
Visible from both an elevated highway and the streetscape below, Footnote is a 49-foot- tall, bright orange, blue steel, and copper spire composed of intersecting linear elements. Resembling a giant abstracted treble clef, the sculpture calls our attention to Laclede’s Landing, a lively entertainment district on the banks of the Mississippi River. In designing this site-specific work, the artist incorporated several defining elements of the Landing and St. Louis history into an abstract three-dimensional work. These themes include the historic river and land routes that converge in St. Louis as well as its history as a jazz capital.

The piece is fabricated from copper and mild steel painted with powder coat enamel, the most durable of paint treatments. It has a clear coat added to prevent scratches going deep enough to mar the color. Reflective highway paint was used on one linear element. A final clear-coat varnish offers protection and allows any graffiti to be easily removed.

Susan Cooper was born in Los Angeles, California. She has both an MA and a BA from the University of California at Berkley. Since 1991 she has had several commissions for large-scale site works in Colorado. In 2001 she had a solo exhibit at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust and has exhibited at other venues in the U. S. She serves on the design team for the Denver Light Rail Expansion Project. In 2002 Footnote was awarded a Better Downtown Award by the Downtown
St. Louis Partnership. She maintains a studio and residence in the Denver area.