Quirky Attraction: St. Louis Citygarden

st louis city garden arch

St. Louis Citygarden
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
When to visit: Any time during daylight hours
Cost: Free
Time needed: 15-30 minutes
Website: www.citygardenstl.org

A fun attraction I stumbled upon during my first visit to St. Louis a while back was the Citygarden. It’s a cool three-acre park within the downtown area with a view of the Gateway Arch. And it’s full of quirky and unique artwork.

The Art of Citygarden

The park itself isn’t particularly quirky, but the art within it sure is! I’m a big fan of the white rabbits, which were cast in bronze and then painted. They’re the work of Dutch artist Tom Claassen.

st louis city garden white rabbits
My favorite piece in St. Louis Citygarden.

Here’s another cool one that makes a great photo opportunity. It’s ‘Eros Bendato,’ a work by Igor Mitoraj. I just call it the giant head that you can peek out through:

st. louis citygarden giant head

Perhaps the most famous artist represented in the park is Keith Haring, noted pop artist from the ’80s and inductee on the Rainbow Honor Walk in San Francisco. His piece is from 1987 and is called “Untitled (Ringed Figure.)”

They’ve got a lot more, including an LED video screen of two people walking, stainless steel structures, bronze birds and a 12.5-foot statue of Pinocchio by Jim Dine called “Two White Gloves, Big Four Wheels.”

st louis city garden pinocchio

Other artists whose park appears in Citygarden include Julian Opie, Tom Otterness, Mimmo Paladino, and Ju Ming.

All of the art is from 1979 or later, except for a few pieces: Tony Smith’s Night (1962), Fernand Leger’s Femmes Au Perroquet (1952), and the oldest piece, Aristide Maillol’s La Riviere, which was a series of pieces completed from 1938 to 1943.

Visiting the Park

My visit to St. Louis Citygarden was a few years back, but these art pieces remain in the park, along with several new ones. In addition to the art, the park has fountains, gardens, walking paths, grassy areas, and a children’s spray plaza. It’s a fun place to hang out during the summer.

Metered street parking is available near Citygarden. There are also parking garages in the area that charge $10 for a full day (sometimes less than that on weekends).

The park is officially open from sunrise to 10 pm, the same hours as at St. Louis city parks. You can even take an audio tour of the park using Citygarden’s mobile app. Take a look at the full Citygarden map if you’re looking for a specific piece.

Dogs are permitted, but they must be on leashes. The park has a restaurant called Kaldi’s, in case you want to eat while you’re there.

In 2019, to celebrate their 10th anniversary, Citygarden installed three new art pieces. The park also holds special events like free Wednesday lunchtime summer concerts, and Saturday morning summer yoga sessions.

While in the city of St. Louis, consider also visiting such attractions at the Budweiser Brewery Tour and the St. Louis City Museum.

What’s your favorite structure at St. Louis Citygarden?

6 thoughts on “Quirky Attraction: St. Louis Citygarden”

  1. Haven’t been downtown in awhile. I need to check it out. Just discovered shaw nature preserve in grey summit mo. pretty cool!

  2. I recently went to St Louis in May and had a great time, although I didn’t make it to the citygarden. Love the first shot with the Arch in the background 🙂

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