Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cementland

Without saying anything too incriminating, I managed to get some great photos of the late Bob Cassilly's Cementland in North City. Bob died while working on the project in 2011, and since then very little has been done to continue the work.

I won't make any comment on the state of his estate (though plenty of local news sources have no problems doing it themselves) I'm just here to give you a little history and a lot of photos.

If you're a St. Louis resident, I imagine you've found time to get to the City Museum. If you aren't familiar, it's a place you can take your kids to climb around and burn off energy while you have a drink. They also have a great aquarium, something St. Louis has been lacking for a long time.

Cementland was to be a brand new playground, and after climbing around it I can understand how. It's gloriously dangerous if you aren't paying attention. There is also a great amount of loose debris around which is great to chuck down holes. I mention this because in a 2000 article with the Riverfront Times, Cassilly specifically talked about how people love throwing rocks off things.

"There's a huge pent up demand for throwing stuff off these things. We climbed up on top of the chimney, and there was all these loose rocks up there. We threw them all off." Cassilly said.

That article is great because it shows an idea in its infancy. I wish he had a chance to finish, but I'm glad people are getting photos of the place. Officially, I don't recommend doing any of this and deny any admittance to being in area.

Off the record though, this place would have been amazing.