Visitors Guide to the
Henry Lay Sculpture Park

17533 MO-UU
Louisiana, Missouri

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The Henry Lay Sculpture Park is a component of Saint Louis University's Lay Center for Education and the Arts located near historic Louisiana, Missouri. John McElwee, a Revolutionary War hero, and his wife, Rhonda Black, first settled this farm property in 1832. McElwee and his 12 grandchildren are buried on the property in the McElwee-Stewart-Carr Cemetery. Henry Lay, an alumnus of Saint Louis University School of Law, purchased the property in May 1996 and the Lay Center for Education and the Arts is the culmination of his dream of establishing a place where literature and art are combined with the beauty of nature to stimulate learning and imagination.

The Henry Lay Sculpture Park is funded by The Lay Family Foundation and St. Louis University and is located on approximately 20 acres surrounded by a 300-acre natural refuge with lakes, streams and wooded hills. A well-maintained path takes visitors on a 40-minute walk through a Maple Grove, the McElwee Cemetery, and most importantly past a number of sculpture pieces by nationally and internationally known artists including Wendy Klemperer, Devin Laurence Field, Bing Cheng, Ron Fondaw, and Brian Rust.

Visitors, especially children, to the Henry Lay Sculpture Park will have the opportunity to read, play on, and picnic in “Story Woods.” Emilie (pronounced Uh-meel-yuh, photo right) the story keeper and her garden of books, greet guests as they enter this play land of art, literature, and nature. A collaboration between artist Michelle vandenHeuvel and Henry Lay, “Story Woods” is a set of tablets of literature near the sculpture where various artists interpret them in natural settings.
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 am until dusk.

Visiting the Henry Lay Sculpture Park
Visiting Hours
          April - December: Thursday - Sunday: 10 am - dusk
          January - March: Closed
There is no charge to visit
the Henry Lay Sculpture Park.

Directions: From the intersection Of US 54 & MO 79 take US 54 west approximately 3 miles to Route UU (past the Stark Brothers Nursery) and take Route UU north approximately 3 miles. The Henry Lay Sculpture Park will be on the left.

GPS Coordinates
N  39  54.576
W 90  08.735

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