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Henry Shaw and Bench

By Paul T. Granlund
Category: Sculpture, Statue


The vine patterns that make up the bench are intended to remind the viewer of Henry Shaw’s expertise in the history of the vine. In his book, published in 1884, The Vine and Civilization, Shaw wrote: “Historically and physiologically the use of good wine produced those great and luminous developments of the human mind which at diverse epochs and always progressively have drawn the world to regions of a better civilization. France received as a legacy from Greece and Italy the plants of her vineyards and with them their intellectual supremacy in the world.”

For more information visit the Missouri Botanical Gardens website.

Dimensions: 7′ x 6′ x 5′
Year Completed: 1990
Material: Bronze
Owner: Missouri Botanical Garden

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