Wednesday, August 27, 2014

#230: Laumeier Sculpture Park

I knew I was in for a real treat before visiting here for the first time to get the cake. I love looking at sculptures, after all. Actually, statues - even though they're not the same thing. But I really like to check out people's amazing talents on building things and their creativity behind it.

First, a little history:
  • Land was purchased in 1835 by James Sutton from the U.S. Government.
  • Real estate developer Henry Laumeier and his wife purchased the property sometime in the mid-20th century
  • Henry died in 1959, and his widow, who passed in March 1968, left the land in her will to be gifted to the people and residents of St. Louis County.
  • In 1975, there was discussion about turning the property into a sculpture park, and the dream became a reality in 1977.
  • Today, there are over 60 sculptures found all over the park. It just keeps on growing.....
Unfortunately I didn't get to go in the indoor gallery (pictured below). But I took several pictures all around the park. Here's a few I'd like to share:

Man with briefcase sculpture, done by Jonathan Borofsky

'The Way' sculpture, which was sculpted by Alexander Liberman in 1980. It is made up of 18 salvaged steel oil tanks

The eyeball sculpture

One of the few '3-D' cakes put out there (rumor has it that this was frowned upon the stl250 organization as it was considered breaking the rules). I'm sure Laumeier didn't mind. This one I believe represents not just the outdoors but the tools for the perfect sculpture:
Right side of the cake

Back side of the cake

Left side of the cake

Top of the cake

Hey, what's with the bomb-looking thing?!
Laumeier Sculpture Park on FB
Wikipedia link
Official website

12580 Rott Road St., ST. LOUIS, MO, 63127 (it is actually located close to or in Sunset Hills and Kirkwood but the address is listed as 'St. Louis')
Cake artist: Nick Lang -or- the Laumeier team (according to its stl250 profile page)

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