Yazoo Plaza at the Art and Science Museum
When several antique train cars of the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Rail Company were removed from the grounds of the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum, the museum decided to use the new available space as an outdoor gathering area for school groups, families, and small events. The museum wanted a flexible outdoor room to complement its indoor programs.
Designers envisioned a place that would reflect the museum’s art and science-based mission, and would also celebrate the building’s origins as a train terminal.
Taking its cue from the planetarium located on the southern terminus of the museum property, Yazoo Plaza’s structure is an abstraction of planetary systems, orbits, and galaxies. The curving forms on the ground and of the seating areas inspire movement while providing places for visitors to sit, relax, eat, and learn.
Yazoo Plaza is located along the new River Road multi-use path and is on the central axis of the North Boulevard Town Square. It is part of the “Central Green” open space thread of downtown Baton Rouge which includes the Old State Capitol grounds, Repentance Park, Galvez Plaza, Riverfront Plaza, and the Mississippi River levee.