On the way home (The Amoco Sign)

Piece description from the artist

Although the gas station at the very southwest corner of Forest Park has been a British Petroleum (BP) station since 1998, the world's largest Amoco sign still stands tall atop it's roof. Originally built in 1932, and replaced in the early 1970's, this sign has long been locally regarded as an iconic and loved St. Louis landmark. To me, never is the sign more memorable than seeing it in passing at the end of a trip to the zoo or art museum or working overnight in Clayton. It was always a welcome sight after fighting the Forest Park traffic during the balloon glow or a performance at The Muny. At the end of every adventure, every long evening, every long mile run around the park's 6-mile loop, there was always the giant Amoco sign – which meant I was on my way home. There's no better feeling than the wash of relief that sign brings – the comfort of finally being able to go home at the end of the day.

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About Leah Merriman

St. Louis, MO

Leah Merriman is native to St. Louis, working primarily in encaustics to create ethereal, layered abstract landscapes on wood and paper. She also creates detailed illustrations of urban scenery and architecture and will often combine the two.

Merriman was influenced heavily by personal childhood and young adult illnesses and often found that being able to escape her own physical situation was only possible through her mind. She creates worlds you can "go into” and look around. Places you can stay in for a while, watch the scenery shift light, textures and colors in conjunction with the time of day. By practicing stillness and the awareness of being in the moment, an appreciation of your own mind’s ability to travel inward can be honed while still being acutely aware of your immediate physical world, striking an intriguing balance through the marriage of patience and escapism.

Merriman apprenticed in sculpture and illustration under local St. Louis Master Artist Rudolph Torrini in her late teen and early adult years.
She studied Drawing and Sculpture at Fontbonne University in St. Louis as well as photography and videography at Webster University, St. Louis, MO. She

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