walk in the park
Henry Lay Sculpture park, Louisiana
Usually people think of art as
the stuff of museums and galleries. But sculpture, unlike paintings,
can be enjoyed outside. Few art displays will surprise visitors quite
like the Henry Lay
Sculpture Park, located near Louisiana.
Besides its unlikely location on a 350-acre property in northeast Missouri,
the park offers plenty of surprises as visitors walk along nearly two
miles of paths through meadows and woods. A menacing pack of “Wolves” appears
in a clearing while “Three Sisters” (shown at right), quite
rotund and clearly Asian, stand by a picturesque lake. A “Self-Made
Man” fashions himself and two figures “Dance as One.”
To date, more than 20 sculptures by nationally and internationally
known artists have been installed at the park, which comprises about
20 acres of a conference center operated by Saint Louis University.
A children’s area includes
several whimsical sculptures and a maze. Nearby, a historic cemetery
includes more artwork and the grave of Lay, the university benefactor
who funded and envisioned the center and art exhibit.
The park is one
stop on the 50 Miles of Art studio tour held the first weekend of
November along the Hannibal to Clarksville Highway 79 corridor. Besides
the tour, the park is open every Thursday through Sunday from April
through December, 10 a.m. till dusk.
To visit the park, take Highway 54 west from Louisiana to Route UU.
Follow UU for three miles. To learn about the 50 Miles of Art tour,
call the Hannibal Arts Council at (573) 221-6545 or log on to www.50milesofart.com.