- Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
- Laumeier Sculpture Park
- Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Kansas City Sculpture Park
- Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts
- St. Louis Art Museum: Blanke Sculpture Terrace
- St. Louis University: The Henry Lay Sculpture Garden
- Serra Sculpture Park
- State Fair Community College: Daum Museum of Contemporary Art
This 2.9-acre sculpture garden and public park opened in July 2009 on two urban blocks in downtown St. Louis, MO. Citygarden features an eclectic collection of installed works, including sculpture by Mark di Suvero, Keith Haring, Jim Dine, Tony Smith, George Rickey, Julian Opie, Igor Mitoraj and Aristide Maillol. In addition there is a large video wall to screen artists' films and movies.
The sculpture garden was founded in partnership by the City of St. Louis and the Gateway Foundation of St. Louis. It was designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz, of Charlottesville, VA.
A brochure about Citygarden can be downloaded here.
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
4420 Warwick Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64111
Tel: (+ 1) 816 753 5784
Since the Kemper opened in 1994 its permanent collection has tripled in size. The collection is eclectic and well displayed. In addition to Bourgeois’ spiders at the entrance to the museum, sculptures by Fernando Botero, Harry Bertoia and other contemporary and emerging international sculptors are on view.
The Kemper has also installed a number of works in downtown Kansas City, such as Luis Jimenez’s ‘Mustang’.
Open Tuesday to Thursday from 10am till 4pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am till 9pm, and Sunday from 11am till 5pm. Admission free of charge.
Laumeier Sculpture Park in St Louis boasts an internationally recognised collection of monumental contemporary sculpture including Mark di Suvero’s ‘Bornibus’ (1985-7) and ‘Desitino’ (2003).
The park is free to visit and open daily from 8am till dusk.
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Kansas City Sculpture Park
4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO. 64111-1873
Tel: (+ 1) 816 751 1ART
The Sculpture Park began with the original 17 acre Henry Moore Sculpture Garden which developed from the purchase of 9 Henry Moores in 1986 (one of the largest collection of Henry Moore bronze sculptures outside of England). The park includes works by Tony Cragg, George Rickey, and Alexander Calder. A sculpture by Walter De Maria, "One Sun/34 Moons" is the focal point of the new north entry plaza. Other sculptures include Magdalena Abakanowicz's "Standing Figures (30 figures)" and Claes Oldenberg and Coosje van Bruggen's "Shuttlecocks".
Admission is free of charge. Museum hours are 10am till 4pm on Wednesdays, 10am till 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays, 10am till 5pm on Saturdays and 12 noon till 5pm on Sundays.
The piece de resistance is a 125 ton steel sculpture named "Joe" in honour of Joseph Pulitzer, the patron and good friend of the artist Richard Serra. Its huge curvilinear steel swoops curl in and over each other. Visitors can walk through them and when they arrive at the centre, they can look up and see daylight or stars shining down on them.
Owned and operated by the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Foundations only three pieces made by Ellswoth Kelly; Richard Serra and Doris Salcedo and does not plan to purchase more. All the other 37 pieces of art are on loan from the collection of Joseph Pulitzer, Jr and his widow Emily Rauh Pulitzer.
Admission is free of charge. The foundation is open on Wednesdays from 12 noon till 5pm and Saturdays from 10am till 5pm.
St. Louis Art Museum: Blanke Sculpture Terrace
1 Fine Arts Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110-1380
Tel: (314) 721-0072
Admission to the museum is free of charge. Open Tuesdays to Sundays only, from 10am till 5pm. Late night opening on Fridays.
St. Louis University: The Henry Lay Sculpture Garden
County Hwy UU at Hwy 79
Tel: (+ 1) 800 SLU FOR U
Funded by The Lay Family Foundation and St.Louis University, the park is approximately 20 acres surrounded by a 350 acre natural refuge with lakes, streams and woods.
Serra Sculpture Park
Between 10th, 11th and Market and Chestnut Streets
Downtown St Louis, MO
Richard Serra installed "Twain", a seven 40 foot steel panels and one 50 foot horizontal slab, in March, 1982, in the Gateway Plaza. It is sighted so that looking in one direction you see the Aero Saarinen's famous Arch sweeping its upside down catenary curve gracefully enfolding the old St Louis Court House, home of the Dredd Scott decision. Looking west, you see a tall building in the Federal tradition, built in the 30's, with a faux Greek temple perched on top of it. The was the home of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, even though the closest reservation in Oklahoma was 400 miles southwest of St Louis. To get the full feeling of Twain, you have to go into a nearby high building and look down on it.
A second Serra sculpture is the 125 ton "Joe" which was commissioned by Emily Pulitzer and named for her late husband Joseph, publisher of the St Louis Post-Dispatch. "Joe" is in a courtyard shared by the Pulitzer Foundation and the Forum for Contemporary Arts, thirty blocks west of the "Twain" installation. "Joe" is more of a self contained piece of sculpture, without concern for surrounding vistas.
The museum’s structure includes a large sculpture courtyard open to the sky. The core holdings in the permanent collection were donated by a Sedalia physician Hal Daum and includes work by Motherwell, Poons, Frankenthaler and Gene Davis in addition to sculptures by Dale Chihiluly and Henry Moore.
Museum opening hours are from 11am till 5pm on Tuesdays to Fridays, 1 till 5pm on Saturday and Sundays (closed Mondays).