801 Market Street, St. Louis, MO, 63101 / Cake artist: Rich Brooks / Cake sponsored by Peabody Energy
As part of St. Louis’ ‘Gateway Mall’, Citygarden provides the ultimate outdoor experience for the urban city dwellers! It is located between Eighth, Tenth, Market and Chestnut streets, and is 2.9 acres in size. Before its opening in 2009, the land was originally a grassy area. There are 24 sculptures featured, including the famous ‘This Is Bruce and Laura Walking’, which is shown on an LED screen! The water area is very popular in the summertime, as 102 in-ground spray jets make up the ‘spray plaza’ for kids. The park has been praised by numerous visitors, government leaders and even CEOs, who name it ‘one of the coolest urban parks in the country in their backyard’!
Cake placement date: March 5
Where is the cake now?: The cake had been donated to the Cakelovers, and it has been displayed in various places in St. Louis. It is now located in Soulard. (April 2017)
Memories: The cake was originally placed at the waterfall. It had disappeared as workers placed it outside the garden, but it returned and was moved to the corner of Market and 8th.
Rich Brooks, the cake’s artist, on painting the cake: ‘City Garden is a delightful place right in busy downtown St. Louis. There is a combination of green space and sculptural space set in a playful childlike but adult setting. It was exciting to put images of Pinocchio, flamingos, modern sculptures, rabbits, waterfalls and a massive head on its side on this cake. This cake was done in a playful manner to entice kids to want to look at it as they would the water features, the sound features and the moving features in the garden.’
Citygarden was featured in an episode of Living St. Louis: