Sculpture parks offer an immersive cultural experience that allows you to get outdoors while enjoying the crisp air of a Missouri winter.
From the grand Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis to the quaint Above Beyond Sculpture Garden at a Blue Springs elementary school, sculpture parks and gardens in Missouri help you to avoid cabin fever this winter.
Here’s a look at some of Missouri’s well-known sculpture parks:
Laumeier Sculpture Park; St. Louis
Laumeier partnered with Lighthouse for the Blind-St. Louis to offer cast scale models to help the visually impaired navigate and enjoy the park.
Henry Lay Sculpture Park; Louisiana
Adults and children can enjoy “Story Woods,” a set of tablets of literature near the sculpture where various artists interpret them in natural settings.
Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Kansas City
One of Kansas City’s signature parks. Open year-round, there is an audio tour available at naguide.org
Friends’ Sculpture Garden at the Margaret Harwell Art Museum; Poplar Bluff
Offers “Christmas in the Sculpture Garden,” a beautiful display of lights during the holidays.
Webster Groves Sculpture Garden; Webster Groves
Newest of sculpture gardens, home to the annual Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival.
Citygarden; St. Louis
Located in the heart of downtown St. Louis, has a free iPhone app with an interactive GPS to enhance your experience.
Above Beyond Sculpture Garden at James Walker Elementary; Blue Springs
An idea of one of the elementary teachers, each grade is responsible for part of the garden to help in math, science, and reading.
Powell Gardens; Kingsville
Exhibit changes every year, allows artists to display their artwork to the public.
Ralph Lanning Sculpture Garden; Republic
All works by Lanning, garden created to keep most of he works together after his death in 2009
Tony Tasset, “Eye,” 2007
Written by Grace vonder Harr, communications intern for the Missouri Division of Tourism.