3100 South Broadway, St. Louis, MO, 63118 / Cake artist: Rich Brooks
Lyon Park, located between the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and the United States Arsenal, was named for Nathaniel Lyon. Lyon was the first Union general killed during the U.S. Civil War (1861). The park was dedicated in 1869, under the condition from the government that they build a monument dedicated to Lyon. The monument, with Lyon on horseback, was eventually dedicated in 1874. Lyon Park is 10.92 acres, and consists of two ball diamonds, fields and walking/jogging trails.
The United States Arsenal, while historic, is still being used as a U.S. Air Force facility. The restricted area is used for mapping purposes. Some of the buildings that were used during the Civil War still exist.
Cake placement date: February 27
Where is the cake now?: The cake sold in the biddingforgood auction for $480 on 1/1/2015, to the Cakelovers. It has been displayed around St. Louis, including Soulard Art Market. It now sits in an open recreational area in the Old North St. Louis neighborhood, across from Crown Candy Kitchen. (February 2018)
Rich Brooks, the cake’s artist, on painting the cake: “Silhouettes and shadows my fifth cake was placed at Lyons Park and the United States Arsenal. The silhouettes represented many landmarks included the Gateway arch, the Butterfly House, Saint Louis on his horse, baseball players, the St. Louis Zoo and City Garden are part of the overall scheme. The shadows are a fun look at the same landmarks skewed into the dark sky.”