Spirit in Saint Louis Triangle Design Rectangle 2


LouFest, St. Louis region's premier music festival, and TechArtista, a business center for creative professionals, are debuting a nano-architecture exhibition titled “Spirit” that bridges art, technology and impact. The mission of the Spirit program is to bring innovation local, and inspire new and existing residents to invest in St. Louis.

For the inaugural 2017 exhibition, Spirit structures are built using the universal block of a triangle and installed throughout the LouFest grounds in Forest Park. Once the festival is complete, the triangles will be donated to non-profit partners and re-assembled for site specific needs.

Bridging civic and business collaboration is powerful, and this Spirit is here to stay.

"Our goal is for the LouFest program to continue growing the St. Louis story into our communities."

- Mike VanHee
Totem Structure Graphic
Wall or Shade Base Structure Graphic
Shade Structure Graphic
Experimental Graphic


Totem poles are monumental sculptures that have traditionally served as creative place-making anchors.

We have designed totem poles that will stop people in their tracks as they move around the festival and will be placed in the mail plaza. Twisting triangles and eye-popping artwork will make these totems prime photo-opportunities and stop visitors in their tracks.

Wall or Shade Base

Curved walls will guide visitor imagination to explore each angle and artistic component. They will live as independent walls or be connected in a series of walls for a complete shade structure.

They may become product or retail display for single businesses or networks of businesses.

Shade Structure

Large white tents have been the standard for providing festival goers sun coverage, yet these tents lack character. Our take on the shade structure is multifaceted, providing visitors with space to meet with friends, enjoy food from local vendors or relax and lounge.

Positioned close to major traffic points including the Nosh Pit and Market Square, these structures will attract a steady flow of festival goers, and when positioned together, create a meeting place that is open and free flowing.


TechArtista and LouFest are working together to highlight the vibrant community that makes the city of St. Louis a great place to live and work.

LouFest U, a free pre-festival event held on September 8th, will present local university students with guest speakers and opportunities for students to engage with regional employers and entrepreneurial organizations.

The event is a strong appeal to students and millennials to encourage them to build their careers in St. Louis.


"The future of bringing talent to St. Louis is our ability to attract, not retain, and to create, not copy."

- Christopher Holt
Creative Partners

Creative Partners

We are excited to engage a number of creatives to facilitate the development of the inaugural Spirit program.

Ranging form carpenters, to visual designers and fine artists, the depth of this year’s team will ensure a multi-faceted program launches in the LouFest footprint, and is catalogued online for the world to see.

Citizen Carpentry

Citizen Carpentry

Citizen Carpentry: Emanuel Taranu and Marcis Curtis are the creators and makers who co-founded Citizen Carpentry in Spring of 2015. Citizen Carpentry is a workshop and design studio that is dedicated to providing sustainable services and training in practical trades through their apprenticeship program.

Chris Wiegman

Chris Wiegman

Chris has over 15 years experience as a mix of 3D Animator, Graphic Artist, Web Designer, and Film Editor. He also enjoys creating physical structures and was the primary maker of the Grow Room that currently hosts plants and people up on the TechArtista rooftop.

Edo Rosenblith

Edo Rosenblith

Edo is a visual artist living and working in St. Louis. He has exhibited his work all over St. Louis, including at CAM, The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, and The Luminary Center for the Arts. He is currently a finalist for the Great Rivers Biennial.

Daniel Burnett

Daniel Burnett

Daniel uses a variety of materials in his work, including traditional paint on canvas and graffiti on buildings. He has worked with multiple St. Louis organizations including the Regional Arts Commission, Center of Creative Arts (COCA) and the World Chess Hall of Fame.

Tyler McNamus

Tyler McNamus

Tyler is a visual and interaction designer and a 2016 graduate of Washington University. She believes in using both a hands on and a data-driven approach to creating user-centered solutions. Graduating with a degree in Communication Design, Tyler will be making her new home St. Louis.