Laumeier Sculpture Park Named World's 3rd Most Amazing Sculpture Garden [Photos]

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Photos by Micah Usher
Laumeier Sculpture Park, the world's third most amazing sculpture garden.
If you'd like to spend this summer taking in some outdoor art, you're in luck. A new list says St. Louis has two of the ten best sculpture parks in the world.

Best Value Schools, a site that matches students with cost-effective universities, released a list of the world's top 25 sculpture gardens, highlighting sites in the U.S., Norway, the U.K., Canada, France, Italy and Hungary.

See also: More Outdoor Art in St. Louis

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The site named Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis County's 105-acre open-air museum featuring some of the world's most renowned modern and contemporary artwork, as the No. 3 most amazing sculpture garden, just behind No. 1 Storm King Arts Center in New York and No. 2 Chicago Art Institute.

Here's what the site says about Laumeier:

Founded in 1968 with a grant from former resident Matilda Laumeier, the Laumeier Sculpture Park has since won a number of grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Arts. Located near St. Louis, the sculpture park covers nearly 105 acres, and includes an original 1816-era Tudor style stone home that was on the property and had once been inhabited by Mrs. Laumeier and her husband. Walking trails and an indoor gallery share the site with nearly 60 sculptures, including Tony Tassett's 2007 Eye, a giant blue fiberglass eyeball that sits looming over the landscape.

See also: The St. Louis Soundtrack of Laumeier Sculpture Park: Review of the Site/Sound Exhibit

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Here at Daily RFT, we're no strangers to the awesomeness that is Laumeier's rolling fields dotted with mind-bending sculptures. The park has won several Riverfront Times Best Of awards, including Best Museum, Best Picnic Spot and Best Cheap Thrill.

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The list also highlights Ellen Clark Sculpture Park at Saint Louis University. The sculpture garden-slash-dog park is No. 8 on the list:

The former site of a fast food restaurant on the edge of St. Louis University, the Ellen Clark Sculpture Park pays homage to contemporary sculpture as well as the president of the university's love of dogs. This unique sculpture/dog park is filled regularly with the neighborhood's four-legged friends and their owners and is the home of a number of Modernist sculptures created by Brother Mel Meyer. The sculptures act as benches throughout the park, and combine form and function, creating a space for humans and animals alike.

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Enjoying the day at Laumeier Sculpture Park.
There's more to Ellen Clark Sculpture Park than meets the eye. On May 10, 1861, federal troops fired into a crowd at the site, killing 28 civilians, including children, and wounding nearly 100 more. A monument to the massacre stood until 1959, when a descendant of Daniel M. Frost, general of the pro-Confederate Missouri militia, donated the money to buy the land for Saint Louis University and banished any remembrances of those who died there.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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23 comments
Jessica Cohenour
Jessica Cohenour

I had my 26th birthday celebration there!! It's awesome!!

Patsy MacDonald
Patsy MacDonald

Pearce, yes TROVA, 'Falling Man', one of my favorites!

Emily Pearce
Emily Pearce

Jeffrey Alan Pearce, of course! I love that place!

Phil Rola
Phil Rola

Thanks for the reminder, Margs. Haven't been there in years.

Margaret Hoff
Margaret Hoff

They have an outdoor stage too. I saw the St Louis Symphony play Aaron Copland conducted by Aaron Copland. I have always loved that park. You go through the trials and all of sudden there is a 25 foot tall wooden step pyramid. It is a really beautiful place.

Laura Inglis
Laura Inglis

Gordon Inglis... These parks are not located inside McGurks/ Charlie's/ Timothy's or Patty o's ( the latter I really like however) so I wouldn't of seen any of those

Russell Glencoe
Russell Glencoe

Please share where else in STL are there sculpture parks? Thank you in advance.

Kathy Dutra
Kathy Dutra

Are you planning a trip to Missouri? I gather you haven't seen it in person before!

DoucheMcGee
DoucheMcGee

I'm heading there tomorrow to take some pictures, can't wait!

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