Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1554286
Has anyone wondered what the significance is about the Arch being place in St. Louis (by the Mighty Mississippi) and the Obelisk in D.C.? Quoting: D'Light
If the Obelisk is the *___* in freemasonry, then wouldn't the Arch represent the "birthing" part of the body (plus it's right on a huge river). What does it mean?
The best information I have found about the arch is in these links. I think it represents a bridge. I also think it was placed near a body of water for esoteric reasons , for the reflection. It may have something to do with something I'm learning about called "the rainbow bridge".
Ill post the links for you.
"The Gateway Arch was designed by Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen and structural engineer Hannskarl Bandel in 1947. Construction began on February 12, 1963, and ended on October 28, 1965. The monument opened to the public on July 10, 1967. Eero grew up within the community of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where his father taught. Many amazing artist were brought into fruition through the Cranbrook institute including, Eero Saarinen, Carl Milles, Marshall Fredericks, and even author William Henry. The Arch is the tallest national monument in the United States at 630 feet. The Arch is a structure known as a catenary curve, the shape a free-hanging chain takes when held at both ends, and considered the most structurally-sound arch shape. The span of the Arch legs at ground level is 630 feet, the same as its height.
For Saarinen, “The major concern …was to create a monument which would have lasting significance and would be a landmark of our time… Neither an obelisk nor a rectangular box nor a dome seemed right on this site or for this purpose. But here, at the edge of the Mississippi River, a great arch did seem right."(18) Although the Gateway was designed as an Arch, Eero Saarinen felt when viewed from the side it could be symbolic of an obelisk! Within this one monument the male and female symbolism was represented.
Minoru Yamasaki, designer of the former World Trade Center, once stated in regards to the design of the Arch, “Being the gateway to a large city, St. Louis, I had felt from the very beginning that somehow this building should symbolize this sense of being a gateway.”
[link to www.chadstuemke.com