Thursday, August 19, 2010

Pic Today 8/19/10


Aloe Mall, downtown St. Louis.
(across from Union Station)

This famous bronze fountain and mall
were envisioned by Edith Aloe,
who admired the work of famed sculptor
Carl Milles, Swedish born pupil of Rodin.

She commissioned Milles to build the fountain
in memory of her husband, Louis Aloe,
long time president of the Board of Aldermen
whose vision established the Gateway Mall.
(Aloe died in 1929.)

Her idea was put on hold because of the Depression,
but the city signed a contract with Milles in 1936,
who completed the bronzes at his studio
at the Cranbrook Academy of Art (Michigan) in 1940.

The two central figures symbolize the union of the
Mississippi and Missouri rivers, with 17 lesser
"water spirit" figures suggesting the many
tributaries and streams feeding
the Mississippi Valley.

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