With the weather starting to warm up in St. Louis, it’s a perfect time to do some exploring and discover some of the beautiful and thought-provoking sculpture in the St. Louis area. Two of the most well-known sculpture parks are Citygarden and the Laumeier Sculpture Park.
However, before you venture to a park, we invite you to visit Central Library and see Manolo Valdes’ sculpture, “Butterflies,” which is installed on the east terrace wall of the library (across from the Cathedral). A gift from the Gateway Foundation, it features a head with butterflies made of aluminum and steel. One of the largest pieces in the Foundation’s collection, it stands about 31 feet tall and is surrounded by a fabulous pollinator garden.
Close to Central Library, you’ll find Citygarden (801 Market St, St. Louis, MO). Funded by Gateway Foundation, these two blocks were developed into a public sculpture garden in partnership with the City. It provides open, recreational space for downtown office workers and residents and serves as inspiration for anyone who visits the space. A hybrid between a city park, botanical garden and a sculpture garden, Citygarden contains trees and plants native to Missouri and has several fountains, including a spray plaza. Kaldi’s Coffee also has a café here (perfect for grabbing something to sip on while you stroll through the garden). You may read more about the design of Citygarden here and also learn more about the art, plants and upcoming events here.
For an experience that combines beautiful hikes with amazing art, visit Laumeier Sculpture Park (12580 Rott Road, St. Louis County), one of the first and largest dedicated sculpture parks in the United States, with 60 large-scale outdoor sculptures in a 105-acre park. Founded in 1976, the park is now an internationally recognized, accredited nonprofit arts organization. It provides several different types of tours and guides to allow you to experience the park in diverse ways. In addition to all of the outside sculpture, the Aronson Fine Arts Center has rotating art exhibits. It also offers a wide range of educational activities and programs for all ages. You may find more information about this amazing park here.
These are just a fraction of the many places you will find amazing public art in St. Louis. To learn more, visit the Regional Arts Commission to find a full list of public art in St. Louis and to learn about the InSITE 2020 Initiative.