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Eero Saarinen Would Be Proud of Baton Rouge's Newest Sculpture and Performance Space

Clad in stainless steel and cantilevering a stunning 85 feet, The Crest is located in the center of Baton Rouge and adjacent to an historic Gothic state building. Its designers, Trahan Architects, were asked to design a structure that would double as an iconic public monument and host performances and public events. It almost seems the architects pulled Eero Saarinen's St. Louis Arch from the earth and bent it, framing multiple views of the surrounding architecture. However, the bend is functional as well as sculptural: event organizers can hang a platform of theater lights and equipment from the sculpture to transform the plaza into a stage.

The Crest Is An Iconic Public Sculpture For Baton Rouge [The Contemporist]