By Egotist / /
The 250th Anniversary of St. Louis, which started off with a handful of unremarkable festivities and proceeded to peter out halfway thru the year with equally unremarkable events, is finally coming to an end. And while it has been a landmark year of our city in the news, there are quite a number of different ways we could’ve gained national spotlight that would’ve been a better entry into our Wikipedia page.
Yet, there has been another lesser evil at play, slowly chipping away at the natural beauty of our city while adding nothing but brightly colored, ill-conceived turds every square mile or so. In what we would like to officially dub the “Worst Creative Idea in St. Louis of 2014”, the STL250 Cakes are finally to be laid to rest, but not before trying to squeeze some money out of the community by auctioning them away for the 1764 Society that wants to build a Founder’s Plaza around the statue of Pierre Laclede in downtown city hall. Well, if their curatorial skills are anywhere near the refined sensibility of the now defunct STL250 organization, we’re in for some permanent aesthetic trouble.
We’re not necessarily blaming the artists in this situation, although a large majority of the cake art is indeed profoundly terrible, but rather the committee and people that allowed such a shitty, city-wide idea be pushed thru for approval. That’s the real problem, the wrong people had the ability to make the decisions for the rest of the city. Ideally, it would have been something more akin to a successful art installation like the Lions of Munich – hell, even city-wide painted Gateway Arches would’ve made more sense than giant, three-tiered cakes that have no tie to St. Louis other than it being our “birthday.” And of course, like leftover birthday cake that has grown stale and attracted flies, no one wants these eyesores to last any longer than they have to; a forgettable end to an anniversary executed by a half-ass organization that couldn’t even make it thru the entire anniversary year.
We had large hopes for our city in 2014. But in the end, we find ourselves with more problems and issues than we had staring us in the face a year ago. Thankfully, we can blow out the candles on this cake and hope that our 251st birthday begins to make up for the multitude of mishaps our big birthday will be known for in the annals of history.
Just know that we still got your back St. Louis… bad cake art and all.
Of course the Budweiser cake is actually decent.