This weekend, with the Indian-summer type weather and the bright blue skies, Arched Art spent an afternoon at Laumeier Sculpture Park and was reminded just what a gem that place really is. We compiled a list of the top 10 reasons you should go to Laumeier in October, including events, new exhibitions, and why kids and pets will love it. Enjoy!
1. The Park and Museum Galleries are FREE. Yup, FREE!
2. On Saturday, October 8 at 1:00, Poetry in Place: The Platforms will station St. Louis-based poets Julie Dill, Chris King, Christopher Parr, Stefene Russell and Buzz Spector throughout the park on six platforms, reciting poetry and encouraging visitors to do the same. Bring a poem, check in with a docent, and go for it yourself!
3. Pets are warmly welcome – as long as they are leashed.
4. There is a free, one-hour, docent-led tour begining at 2:00 on Sunday, October 16, entitled, Ecology: Recycle, Reuse and Biodegrade. Tours depart from the museum shop. Click here for more information.
5. Laumeier is a great park on its own. Even without the art, there are still 105 acres of wooded trail areas and plenty of wide open spaces to hike, run, picnic, and stroll.
6. Babies and toddlers love the park – plenty of space for learning to walk, tag, and sculptures of things like eyeballs to capture their imagination.
7. On Saturday, October 29 from 5-7pm, there is a public reception and gallery talk on the new exhibition, Electric is the Love: Kranzberg Exhibition Series, a group show featuring St. Louis artists whose practices, varying from sound art to video games, to architecture, converge on our growing attraction and interaction with technology.
8. Sculptor Nicki de Saint Phalle’s Ricardo Cat (1999). You might remember Saint Phalle’s exhibition at the Missouri Botanical Gardens a few years back, and now there is one of her whimsical, mosaic-like sculptures at Laumeier!
10. You always find something you never found before. This weekend, I saw Dan Graham’s Triangular Bridge Over Water (1990) for the first time, hiding back in the woods.
Laumeier Sculpture Park is free and open to the public everyday from 8am-sunset and is located at 12580 Rott Road, St. Louis, MO 63127. The Museum Galleries and Museum Shop are open Tuesday-Friday, 10-5 and Saturday-Sunday, 12:00-5:00. Click here for more detailed info and the rare closing or two, including altered hours on October 15.