1 Fine Arts Dr, St. Louis, MO, 63110 / Cake artist: Rich Brooks / Cake sponsored by Southwest Airlines


Began in 1881 as the Saint Louis School and Museum of Fine Arts, it started downtown. It moved to Forest Park after the 1904 World’s Fair, in the then-new Palace of Fine Arts building, designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert. The museum was originally part of Washington University, but in 1909 the two split ways, and the museum was renamed City Art Museum. Many additions and renovations have taken place since. The museum’s collection contains over 30,000 art work spanning all eras, and is divided into eleven categories (African, Asian, Contemporary, etc.). Notable artists whose work is featured there are Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet. The museum is free through a subsidy from the cultural tax district for St. Louis City and County.

The cake’s sponsor, Southwest Airlines was a proud partner of stl250. Southwest Airlines is the world’s largest low-cost carrier, and was founded in Texas in 1967 (headquartered in Dallas). It began serving St. Louis in 1985.

A view of the museum and Art Hill from the basin!
A view of the museum and Art Hill from the basin!
A closer look....
A closer look….

The St. Louis IX, King of France statue plaza is directly in front of the museum. Designed by Charles Henry Niehaus, it was executed by W.R. Hodges. The statue made its debut and unveiling on October 4, 1906. Saint Louis’ sword has been either damaged or stolen over the years, as it was considered a rite of passage for Washington University students. It was replaced at least four times, most recently in 1981. The statue was considered the city of St. Louis’ symbol for the longest time until the Gateway Arch was completed.

The iconic statue
The iconic ‘Apotheosis of St. Louis’ statue


Cake placement date: February 25

Where is the cake now?: The cake was moved onto private property on May 6, 2015.

Rich Brooks, the cake’s artist, on painting the cake: “(It) seemed to be the cake that many artists wanted to do including me. Southwest Airlines sponsored a cake for St. Louis Art Museum. They wanted it to represent current and established exhibits along with artifacts. I chose a painting from the newest Impressionist show alongside the Silver tree, surrounded by a building scape of the front of the St Louis Art Museum. With it’s wonderful statues and some of the exhibit pieces from inside the museum were included. Saint. Louis on his horse sits high on Art Hill. Up in the sky a Southwest planes flies representing and giving credit to a major sponsor or the cake project. One of my favorite artists, Henry Moore was represented on the cake.”

Saint Louis Art Museum on Facebook / Official website

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