The pier should attract and enrich visitors and complement the rich culture of St. Petersburg. The city reflects history for so many cultures through the St. Petersburg History Museum, the Holocaust Museum, the Carter G. Woodson African-American Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts. And the Dalí Museum, the Chihuly Collection and downtown galleries reflect contemporary culture. The artistic resources and cultural venues available in this city can rival those of art cities in Texas and Massachusetts.
The pier design can provide for everyone to reflect on Tampa Bay, see the rising sun and the beautiful moon, and enjoy St. Petersburg evolving over time. At the pier you can reflect on everything that St. Petersburg has to offer.
Choosing a design that would fit the many ways that I would use the pier with all this in mind was somewhat simple. At a glance, the Wave is striking and nostalgic. This design invites you with openness and shelter. The interior provides for visits in virtually all weather conditions.
Desmond Clark is the operations and technology officer at Morean Arts Center and is a board member at Studio 620.