Gateway Arch Architectural Wire Art Sculpture Model

Gateway Arch Architectural Wire Art Sculpture Model
Item# DI3109009
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Product Description

2.5" deep x 11" wide x 9.5" tall

This miniature building is worthy of display on the most impressive desk, cabinet, sideboard, or mantel. It is designed in America, but made in China (hence the extremely reasonable price). It is quite sturdy and solid, not flexible at all. It is part of a series of "Doodles Destinations" architectural models.

The Gateway Arch, also known as the Gateway to the West, is an integral part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, and the iconic image of St. Louis, Missouri. It was designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen and structural engineer Hannskarl Bandel in 1947. It stands 630 feet (192 m) tall, and is 630 feet (192 m) wide at its base, making it the tallest monument in the United States.

The monument opened to the public on July 10, 1967. The cross-sections of its legs are equilateral triangles, narrowing from 54 feet (16 m) per side at the base to 17 feet (5.2 m) at the top. Each wall consists of a stainless steel skin covering a sandwich of two carbon steel walls with reinforced concrete in the middle from ground level to 300 feet (91 m), and with carbon steel and rebar from 300 feet (91 m) to the peak.

The interior of the Arch is hollow and contains a unique tram system, that combines an elevator cable lift system, with gimbaled cars functionally similar to ferris wheel gondolas, leading to an observation deck at the top.

(some information adapted from Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia)