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Fine Arts Drive at Art Museum to Close for Two Months
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 30, 2018 - A section of Fine Arts Drive in front of the Saint Louis Art Museum will close for two months starting Monday, October 1, so the museum can make road improvements, including the installation of an important work by American sculptor Richard Serra.

The museum and the public parking lots on Art Hill will remain open. Motorists will be able to reach the museum’s garage only by approaching from the direction of Government Drive and the Saint Louis Zoo. Fine Arts Drive is expected to reopen in early December.

The sculpture - "To Encircle Base Plate Hexagram, Right Angles Inverted" - will be embedded in the asphalt between the steps of the museum's Main Building and the statue of St. Louis.

The sculpture consists of large circular forms embedded eight inches in the ground, visible from above though barely apparent at street level. Serra meant for this work to be driven and walked over, rather than simply observed. Serra’s first public artwork in the United States, the sculpture was originally installed in a street in the Bronx, New York from 1970 to 1972 in association with the Whitney Museum of American Art's "Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Sculpture."

The sculpture was subsequently purchased by Ronnie and Jan Greenberg, who donated it to the museum. The work was installed near the south entrance to the museum until 2008, when it was removed in preparation for construction of the East Building.

In addition to the installation of the sculpture, the project will include replacing the roadbed and improving storm-water drainage. When completed, the street will safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

The project has been reviewed and approved by several regulatory authorities, including the Forest Park Advisory Board, the St. Louis Preservation Board, and the St. Louis Board of Aldermen. That measure was signed by St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson on Sept. 18.

The museum is funding the improvements thanks to a gift from Emily Rauh Pulitzer.


Sculpture Garden Opens at Saint Louis Art Museum
The Grace Taylor Broughton Sculpture Garden, south of the museum, features an over life-sized bronze sculpture of Hercules and the Hydra, by German sculptor Mathias Gasteiger, positioned among hornbeam and serviceberry trees planted in a tight grid pattern to compliment elements of the Sir David Chipperfield-designed East Building.

Sculpture Garden at Saint Louis Art Museum
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - The Saint Louis Art Museum has opened the Grace Taylor Broughton Sculpture Garden, installed with masterworks from the collection and more than 450 new trees, including hornbeam and serviceberry planted in a tight grid pattern.

The transformative project immediately south of the museum was made possible by a generous gift of $5 million from Barbara B. Taylor, president of the Saint Louis Art Museum Board of Commissioners, and Andrew C. Taylor, executive chairman of St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

In a release, Barbara Taylor said, "Andy and I take great pleasure in supporting the Saint Louis Art Museum's vision of connecting visitors with worldclass sculpture in a distinctive way. This new sculpture garden will be a beautiful and significant addition to the Museum, as well as to Forest Park."

Works in the Museum's collection, including sculpture by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Aristide Maillol, and Mathias Gasteiger, which complement Stone Sea, a work by Andy Goldsworthy commissioned by the Museum in 2012.

The new garden completes the phased landscape plan designed by Paris-based Michel Desvigne in concert with Sir David Chipperfield's design of the Art Museum's East Building, which opened in summer 2013.

Honored with the Medal of the French Academy of Architecture (2000) the French national Urbanism Grand Prize (2011), Desvigne's landscape projects include Millennium Park in London's Greenwich Peninsula, Luxemburg's Draï Eechelen Park and the New Qatar National Museum in Doha.


Saint Louis Art Museum Opens East Building
The East Building, designed by Sir David Chipperfield, at the Saint Louis Art Museum, features floor-to-ceiling windows and 23 monumental panels of dark polished concrete, with highlights of Missouri river aggregates. See related story: Saint Louis Art Museum Unveils Contemporary East Building

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Crusader King Louis IX in front of the Saint Louis Art Museum
The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the leading art museums with more than 100 galleries. The building was designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert as the Palace of Fine Arts for the 1904 World's Fair in Forest Park. Standing atop Art Hill, it is the "crown" jewel" of the 1,370-acre park. The Grand Basin is the lake at the foot of Art Hill and served as the focal point of the 1904 World's Fair.

The Museum's collections feature more than 30,000 art treasures from ancient times to the present. Highlights include art of the Renaissance, masterpieces of Impressionism, American European Art, Asian art, Period Rooms, the Egyptian mummy, and world-renowned collections of pre-Columbian and German Expressionist art.

The Museum provided $10 million for improvements to Art Hill and nearby areas including: reconstruction of Fine Arts Drive in the front of the Museum between the front stairway and the statue of St. Louis; the street and the area around the landmark statue is now paved with granite; construction of two curved, tree-lined walkways, or promenades, extending about 250 yards in each direction from the statue of St. Louis to the existing circular parking areas; construction of scenic overlooks near the expanded circular parking areas; landscaping of the two promenades and of the entire area with ornamental trees and decorative lighting; and new parking adjacent to the scenic overlooks.

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Friday, 10:00 am-9:00 pm; Closed Monday. For more information, call 314-721-0072. Admission to the Saint Louis Art Museum is free. Admission to featured exhibitions is free on Friday.


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