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Phase 4—Shaping

To shape something is an action that aims to impart order or meaning through form. Whether a child’s rudimentary compositions that seek to express excitement for the world around them, or sophisticated computer design software that is developed to imagine worlds not yet seen, the process of shaping is central to how we understand our relationship to place.

On Washington Boulevard in St. Louis, where a building once stood, a green clearing now paves the way for a new set of experiences and possibilities with this city space. By shaping the land and planting grass in concentric arcs of varying shades, the artists have marked the topography to signal a shifting moment in its history. This monument of growing grass embodies the perseverance of life itself: pushing through, raising up, coming back.