Wesport Pools built the fwater feature that was designed by world-renowned artist Maya Lin, best known for designing the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. Ms. Lin designed the plaza’s landscape and water feature, in partnership with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. of Boston.
Creation of the plaza was made possible by a naming gift from Robert G. and Ellen Clark, longtime donors and friends of Washington University. Clark is chairman and chief executive of St. Louis-based Clayco Construction Co., one of the nation's largest design-builders. The Ellen S. Clark Hope Plaza is named for Ellen Clark, who passed away March 16, 2010.
The water feature nearly 80 feet in diameter with a raised platform that provides visitors a vantage point to view the landscape. Fed by a 4,000-gallon reservoir, the year-round pool is an "infinity pool" with a disappearing edge. The 38-foot diameter platform includes fiber-optic lighting made to look like twinkling stars when lit at night.