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Golf the Galleries 2019 | The Sheldon Concert Hall & Galleries

This playable, artist-designed, nine-hole mini golf installation will again be situated in the beautiful Sheldon Art Galleries space, and is designed to be inclusive, family-friendly and accessible. The nine unique mini golf holes are designed by St. Louis area artists, architects and other creatives.

Golf the Galleries: Artist-Designed Mini Golf


Hole #1 – “Decisions, Decisions” by Cannon Design
Returning team Cannon Design’s hole uses a mechanical elevator to raise the ball into a branching system that distributes it into a complex series of toggled paths aimed to educate, entertain, and fascinate. Depending on the player’s toggle choices, the ball can drop nearer to or farther from the hole. Cannon Design is a Maker/Sponsor

Hole #2 – “Lollipop Lane” by The Wilson School in Clayton
The Wilson School’s 5th grade math class studies the geometry and science of mini golf by designing shoebox-sized mini-golf holes to illustrate the concept of “angle of incidence = angle of reflection.” Designed by now-6th-grader, Lauren C., “Lollipop Lane” presents a colorful landscape populated by candy, candy and more candy! Players must navigate a candy “sand-pit,” bowl and other candy-themed obstacles while a colorful candy tree provides “shade” for players.

Hole #3 – “36.9, -89.6” by Kelley Van Dyck Murphy
Kelley Van Dyck Murphy, an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, offers a mini-golf hole that reinterprets the patterns of the rural landscape in carpet pieces as a field for play. Sponsored by Mary Ann and Richard Shaw

Hole #4 – “Kraken’s Cove” by Justin King
Artist Justin King returns this year with a giant octopus to putt around and through, and a room decorated with sea life—all made out of recycled cardboard. Sponsored by Ted Wight

Hole #5 – “King Kong at the Fox” by Ryan Marshall
Theater scene designer and master puppeteer Ryan Marshall, who serves as the Director of Design for the Veiled Prophet Parade and also works for The Muny and for Bob Kramer’s Marionnettes, creates a miniature version of the Fabulous Fox Theatre, featuring everyone’s favorite cinematic gorilla! Sponsored by Mary Strauss

Hole #6 – “Pinwheel Dreamland” by D. Lohr Barkley and Elisa Forgelman
This playful and surreal riff on retro amusement parks features a large candy dispenser-inspired figure and lots of pinwheels, which activate when the ball goes in the hole. Sponsored by Mary Ann and Andrew Srenco

Hole #7 – “Pixel” by Christner Inc.
Architecture firm Christner Inc. turns the ordered visuals of the digital world into an undulating, pixelated landscape in this colorful, challenging hole! Christner, Inc. is a Maker/Sponsor

Hole #8 – “The Carpet is Pinker on the Other Side” by Constance Vale
Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, Constance Vale creates, a sculptural and spatial experience which upends the idea of “floor” by creating a carpeted, looped course. Sponsored by Dynamic Arts, LLC


Hole #9 – “Beach Chess” by World Chess Hall of Fame
The World Chess Hall of Fame returns with a chess/mini-golf experience perfect for summer, featuring the beach as its theme! The World Chess Hall of Fame is a Maker/Sponsor

June 1 – August 11, 2019
Opening reception: May 31 from 5-8 p.m. (viewing only)

Tickets are $10 adults / $6 children
Sheldon members: $8 adults / $4 children

Monday through Friday, 12 to 8 p.m. (last tee time: 7 p.m.)
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tee time: 2 p.m.)
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last tee time: 3 p.m.)

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