Located north of the skating rink, this sculpture, Joie de Vivre, or “Joy of Life,” is a work by the famous French Cubist sculptor from 1927, and is one of seven copies. It is really wonderful that we have a… Continue Reading
This is the perfect opportunity to announce to readers that I’ve created a new tag for Sculpture, which I realized filled a need that the Monuments tag was not filling. Now of course, some monuments will also get the Sculpture… Continue Reading
I had never photographed the Edward Bates Monument in Forest Park until late December; it sits in a traffic triangle at the north end of Art Hill. He is an incredibly important figure in American history, having served as attorney… Continue Reading
While checking out the Vandeventer Place gates for the third time, I finally took a look at the Korean Veterans’ Memorial, which was dedicated in 1989, replacing an earlier vandalized monument. The large stainless steel sculpture is a sundial keeping… Continue Reading
The use of the ornamental terracotta on the interior is interesting; perhaps the reason is that the entryway was originally open to the elements.
Update: The Jewish Memorial was blocked off by barricades by the fall of 2019. Completed in 1956 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the arrival of members of the Jewish faith in New Amsterdam, the Jewish Tercentenary Monument by Kurt… Continue Reading
Frank Preston Blair worked with Nathaniel Lyon to secure the arms at the Arsenal in 1861, and went on to a successful career fighting for the Union in the Civil War. He also was a statesman, and I find it… Continue Reading
The German-American General Franz Sigel, like many St. Louisans, fought for the Union in the Civil War. It’s very clear from the inscription where many St. Louisans saw their role in the Civil War. Update: The Confederate Monument was dismantled… Continue Reading
The History Museum is an interesting building. Enclosed since at least the early 1980’s, the main hall is a great public space.