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History of Clayton Public Art

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Clayton Caryatid
Dancing Chairs
FM6 Walking Jackman
Folke Filbyter
Man On A Horse
Shoe of Shoes
Still Point
The Uncertainty of Ground State Fluctuation
Uzu Maki #6
Venus Victorious

'Clayton Caryatid' - Sculpture by Howard Ben Tre Clayton Caryatid
...by Howard Ben Tre

Location: The Plaza in Clayton
Address: 150 Carondelet Plaza - Clayton, MO 63105
Material: Cast low-expansion glass, patinated bronze and polished granite
Owner: THF Realty

The materials were selected to reflect the character of the Plaza in Clayton. The sculpture is surrounded by a ring of granite benches located within a paved field, allowing the public to sit and enjoy the piece.

Ben Tre is recognized worldwide for his unique sculptures and large scale works of art for public and private spaces. His work is exhibited in more than 85 museums and public collections worldwide. He has exhibited at Laumeier Sculpture Park and his Structure 37 is a permanent part of the Saint Louis Art Museum's collection.

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'Dancing Chairs' - Sculpture by Rod Baer Dancing Chairs

...by Rod Baer

Location: Moved to Clayton School District in 2001
Address: 7530 Maryland Avenue - Clayton, MO 63105
Material: Welded and painted steel

Tilted, angled, back-to-back, and sideways red and blue chairs dance in pairs in a long row suggesting that perhaps we might want to take part in the frolic. Commissioned by Arts in Transit and the Art Fair in collaboration with the Clayton Art Commission, this lively sculpture tumbles across a lawn between the playing fields and district school buildings.

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'FM6 Walking Jackman' - Sculpture by Ernest Trova FM6 Walking Jackman
...by Ernest Trova

Location: Southwest corner of N. Brentwood Boulevard and Maryland Avenue
Address: 98 N Brentwood Boulevard - Clayton, MO 63105
Material: Stainless steel
Year completed: 1985 Dimensions: 9'2" H, 15' W 15' D Owner: Philip Samuels Fine Arts
Donor: Philip Samuels

The artist was born in St. Louis, MO in 1927. He died in 2009. Streamlined, poised in space, the six almost life-size figures radiate from a cube, the shiny surfaces capture the ever-changing street life. The sculpture explores Trova's falling man motif that he began developing the 1960s. Featureless, without arms, the figures construct a dramatic space that we are invited to enter. The group of six figures, placed atop a tiered black granite base, radiate from a central cube, with three heads down and three heads upright. The sculpture is a later rendition of Trova's Falling Man series. This piece is one in a series of nine.

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'Folke Filbyter' - Sculpture by Carl Milles Folke Filbyter
...by Carl Milles

Location: Clayton City Hall
Address: 10 N. Bemiston Avenue - Clayton, MO 63105
Material: bronze
Date of Dedication: 1928
Owner: On loan from St. Louis Art Museum

Folke Filbyter was introduced in an episode in the Swedish author and Nobel Laureate Verner von Heidenstam's novel Folkungatr�det. From the plaque at the sculpture: "Swedish legend portrays Folke Filbyter as the pagan founder of the Folkung Dynasty. His grandson was kidnapped by Christian monks. Folke spent 25 years searching for him on horseback and later find him in the King's service.

Milles depicts this quest by showing the terrified horse fording a treacherous stream and a frightened Folke counterbalancing the movement"

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'Man On A Horse' - Sculpture by Fernando Botero Man on a Horse
...by Fernando Botero

Location: Intersection of Wydown and Hanley
Address: Clayton, MO 63105
Material: bronze
Owner: On loan from Gateway Foundation

The statue is constructed in bronze by Colombian artist Fernando Botero. The dimensions are 230(w) x 160(d) x 350(h) and the weight is 1.25 tons. The identity of of the rider and horse is unknown. The statue was created by the Colombian artist in 1999.

Botero's bronzes present his characteristic world of swollen forms and he has been asked many times about the origins of his puffed-up personalities. "My subject matter is sometimes satirical," Botero has said of his works. "These `puffed-up' personalities are being `puffed' to give them sensuality ... In art, as long as you have ideas and think, you are bound to deform nature. Art is deformation. There are no works of art that are truly realistic."

'Man On A Horse' - Sculpture by Fernando Botero Botero's cherished concept "art is deformation" is based on his belief that art is to transform reality. He deforms as an attempt to impart sensuality to objects, thus creating sensuality through his own unique forms. By doing so, his final purpose is to provide his viewers with an upbeat take on life.

Born in Medellin, Colombia, in 1932, Botero began drawing in watercolors at a very young age. In 1952 he traveled to Europe and studied the classical masters in Madrid and Florence. In 1960 he moved to New York where he struggled against the dominant art trends and strove for many years to establish his own personal style.

He began making sculpture in 1973 in Paris, creating his particularly distinctive `puffed-up' shapes. Botero's work is included in numerous public and private collections, such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Baltimore Museum of Art; The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Museo d'Arte Moderna del Vaticano, Italy; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Caracas; Museo de Arte Moderno and the Museo Nacional, Bogota; The Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Saltama, Japan, among many others.

Both playful and statuesque, Man on a Horse, is that and much more. Botero takes the idea of the monumental equestrian statue most often used to honor heroes and transforms it into an imposing and whimsical statement by using the exaggerated rounded forms frequently found in the folk art. A commanding presence at a major intersection, this sculpture is rapidly moving into the category of an area landmark. On long-term loan from the Gateway Foundation.

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'Shoe of Shoes' - Sculpture by Victoria Fuller Shoe of Shoes
...by Victoria Fuller, American, b. 1953

Location: In front of the Brown Shoe Company offices
Address: 8300 Maryland Avenue - Clayton, MO 63105
Material: Cast aluminum
Year completed: 1999
Dimensions: 8' H, 12' W, 5' D
Owner: Leased from the artist by the Brown Shoe Company

A giant high-heeled shoe assembled from hundreds of cast aluminum shoes sits in front of the offices of the famous shoe company.

Not just a giant shoe but a shoe of shoes, as the title implies. Hundreds upon hundreds of silvery high heel shoes placed every which way finally become sides, sole and heel of a gigantic shoe. At a distance it is large, imposing, dramatic and seemingly solid, but close up, it's' more a piece of three-dimensional pop-art lace. Light and air filter through and around the 2,000 shoes that make up Victoria Fuller's Shoe of Shoes. The artist suggests that, the relationship of the parts to the whole echoes the way in which individual cells make up our bodies. Metaphorically speaking, the small shoes can be seen as the DNA of the larger one. The elegant high heel shoe with the pointy toe also serves as a cultural icon. Together these shoes suggest a feminine strength. Fuller comments that the subject of shoes as well as scale and size are a part of story and myth from Jack in the Beanstalk to The Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe to Gulliver's Travels. This piece was part of the 1999 Pier Walk exhibition in Chicago. It is fitting that it found a home in front of the Brown Shoe office building in a city that once was home to 150 shoe companies.

Everyday, common objects are used extensively in Fuller's work. Sometimes the objects are cast in aluminum and become a construction unit as in Shoe of Shoes. However, Fuller frequently creates assemblages using the actual objects�softballs have become ripening fruit and cell phones symbols of �man�s desire.�

A 1980 graduate of Lorretto Heights College in Denver, Fuller received the Creative Fellowship Award from the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities. Since moving to Chicago and completing her MFA at the Art Institute of Chicago, she has received several awards and created numerous outdoor public art pieces.

The artist lives and works in Chicago and created works for Arts in Transit and The People Project in 2002.

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'Still Point' - Sculpture by Ruth Keller Schweiss Still Point
...by Ruth Keller Schweiss

Location: In front of the Ritz Carlton Hotel
Address: 100 Carondelet Plaza - Clayton, MO 63105
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 12' H, 20' W, 12' D
Year completed: 1990

The six slender ballerinas, posed in "grand battement," a classical ballet position meaning "great brush off the floor," were commissioned by the developers of a new luxury hotel for the circular greenspace in the driveway leading to the grand entry. Three years later, with the development partnership in default and new owners coming in, the sculpture's safety was at risk in a squabble over the land, which gave the old owners three sides of the site's property, and the new owners the fourth side, including the access road and sculpture. The new owners posted a gate at the access point and threatened to bulldoze the road and sculpture. A judge's restraining order barred harm to the sculpture and fountain until the case was settled.

The artist, a St. Louis resident, studied at Cranbrook Academy with Carl Milles, sculptor of Meeting of the Waters. She earned her certificate of fine arts from Washington University.

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'The Uncertainty of Ground State Fluctuation' - Sculpture by Alice Aycyock The Uncertainty of Ground State Fluctuation
...by Alice Aycyock

Location: Center of Clayton
Address: 50 Gay Avenue - Clayton, MO 63105
Material: Aluminum, steel and thermo-formed plastic
Owner: City of Clayton
Donor: Commissioned by the Clayton Art Commission (CAC)

She is an internationally distinguished artist of public sculpture and gallery works. Her work is in major museum collections in the United States and Europe. This sculpture is located in front of the Center of Clayton at Gay Avenue. The sculpture was commissioned by the Clayton Art Commission (CAC). It was completed in 2007. The dimensions are 19' H, 20' W, 20' L and the statue is constructed of structural and spun aluminum, fiberglass, and thermo-formed acrylic. Capturing and activating space, a large conical form becomes a beacon sitting atop cascading aluminum sheets, ribbons, and a grid � the calligraphic energy is grounded in a circular space. It also seems to reach out to spaces beyond. A creator of large-scale semi-architectural pieces, Aycock developed this commissioned work to reflect both the surrounding buildings as well as the activities that take place within them.

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'Uzu Maki' - Sculpture by Gerard Tsutakawa Uzu Maki #6
...by Gerard Tsutakawa

Location: To be installed at The Crescent
Address: 153 Carondelet Plaza - Clayton, MO 63105
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 13'L x 9'H x 6'W
Year completed: 2006

Gerard Tsutakawa's exciting installation will be situated in front of The Crescent on Carondelet Avenue. The artist uses a hand rubbed patina which gives the rich hues of golds, crimsons and bronzes. The light upon hitting the sculpture explodes with texture and depth, yet remains smooth as silk on the surface. The piece depicts a vortex. The notion that mankind is a vortex and can be created by positive energy to the good of all.

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'Venus Victorious' - Sculpture by Pierre-Auguste Renoir Venus Victorius
...by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Location: Shaw Park Centennial Garden
Address: 231 S. Brentwood Boulevard - Clayton, MO 63105
Material: Bronze
Year completed: 1916 Dimensions: 6' H
Owner: On loan from Saint Louis Art Museum, Bequest of Curt Valentin installed on June 9, 2009

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