Visitors Guide to 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.
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.
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.
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.
Henry Lay Sculpture Park
April - December:
Thursday - Sunday: 10 am - dusk
January - March:
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.
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