Convergence - Marston Welcome Center

Marston, MO

Services provided on this project:

  • Art Studio,
  • Graphic Design & Multimedia,
  • Lighting Design

Art Studio Overview:

Unique interpretive features and artistic elements integrated throughout the building and site speak to the con­vergence of two distinct and dramatic stories that are at the core of history of Marston and the Bootheel region. Visitors are welcomed by monumental sculptural icons based on Clovis point arrowheads from the Middle Mississippian culture. Picnic shelters recall the simple structures of their frame and mud-daubed dwellings. Lighted columns based on the timber or stockade walls flank the rectangle of the Great Lawn. Interpretation of the New Madrid Earthquake begins as a colonnade that frames the entrance plaza of the facil­ity with lighted sculptural columns representing the Richter scale. Limestone benches appear to be split in two pieces by the earthquake. Carved and modeled reliefs based on Gorgets, carved shell ornaments, are inset into the exterior walls of the building and are flanked by metal railings with medallions of similar patterns. Terra cotta Echo Blocks of Middle Mississippian patterns, artifacts, and effigies, wrap the building in a continuous upper and lower integrated ornamental band. A map illustrating the devastating effects of the New Madrid Earthquake of 1811 greets the public as a floor mural in the foyer. Interior benches mark the exact times and severity of the quakes. A custom carved and mod­eled ceramic tile mural interprets the sun pattern found on many examples of Middle Mississippian pottery. It covers the rest room entry wall to create an atmosphere that recalls an archeological excavation, complete with 12” by 12” grid work and shards of pottery. The interior walls transform the “tourism” area into a museum expe­rience and multi-purpose space. Moveable glass cases exhibit recreated pieces of Mississippian pottery.

Graphic Design & Multimedia Overview:

Lighting Design Overview:

  • CLIENT: Missouri Department of Transportation
  • COMPLETE: July 2010
  • SIZE:
    Artwork integrated throughout building and site
  • AWARDS:
    • IIDA Great Plains Chapter - Silver Award - Product Design Division - 2013
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    Government