Be wowed by the incredible works of art in Missouri’s sculpture parks
There’s a giant eyeball staring at you and it’s just a tiny bit creepy.
Don’t worry, it’s just one of the pieces of art on display at the Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis. Inside the sculpture park are 60 large sculptures to enjoy and plenty of ground to stroll – the sculpture park covers a little more than 100 acres. The giant eye is a popular selfie location, but it’s just one of many interesting pieces on display at Laumeier Sculpture Park.
About 20 minutes to the east you find more large sculptures – amid garden and water features – at St. Louis Citygarden. This downtown playground has amazing works to admire, including a scarecrow, two huge rabbits and a collection of arcs. On warm summer days, children enjoy splashing in the garden’s fountains. There’s a restaurant on-site, in case you work up an appetite from all that exploring (and playing).
Travel 90 minutes north of downtown St. Louis to find art waiting in a rural setting at the St. Louis University Lay Center. Although connected to the University, the Lay Center is located in rural Pike County, near Louisiana. The center covers about 350 total acres, with the on-site sculpture park among the highlights. Sculptures include figures inspired by the cultures of ancient China, and by nature: several large wolves are awe-inspiring.
Across the state in Kansas City, The Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park makes the most of its 22 acres by showcasing more than 30 pieces of outdoor art. The installation titled Shuttlecocks (you know, the giant badminton birdies!) is a popular feature at the park, which also includes The Glass Labyrinth, a maze-like work that was commissioned in 2014. The Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park is located at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Outdoor art and spring days go hand-in-hand in Missouri, thanks to these sculpture parks and the talented artists whose works are featured. Start planning your Missouri adventure today and be sure to add these parks to your must-see list.