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Center of the Earth

After a long day of flying I am waiting around in Lambert airport for the shuttle home. The meeting point is opposite “one of the world’s largest airport murals, ‘Aviation… An American Triumph,’” depicting the significance St. Louis had (has?) in the nation’s aviation history. You can admire it on-line here. One of the panels (picture 2 on page 3 in the on-line version) shows a map of the world in a rather unusual projection: St. Louis as the Center of the Earth.

It seems all too true that history, memory, and roots are almost extinct notions. Case in point: The above mural was first covered up for a prolonged time and then completely removed from STL. Why on earth would the airport get rid of this piece of art? And was it even theirs to give away? Oh well…

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