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George Philip Vierheller Statue

By Richard Frazier
Category: Statue


Howard and Isabel Baer commissioned the artist to create a retirement statue of Zoo Director George P. Vierheller. Mr. Vierheller was often seen driving around in his convertible, puffing on a cigar, accompanied by a chimpanzee in the passenger seat.

The work was intended for the fountain concourse designed by St. Louis architect Gyo Obata, but the life-size scale of the statue was lost on the vast concourse. Shiortly after it was installed, the sculpture was re-located to its current location at the train station site.

Dimensions: 6′ x 2′ x 2′
Year completed: 1962
Material: Bronze and limestone
Owner: City of St. Louis
Donor: Mr. and Mrs. Howard Baer

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