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Marlin Perkins Plaza (*Retired)

By Robert Cassilly
Category: Bust


** This piece is no longer on display. Please see our Retired Public Art Installations page for more information.

This sculpture is part of a plaza consisting of flower beds and a semi-circular cement wall on which are mounted five bas-reliefs. A bronze bust sitting in the center of the plaza shows Perkins, the former zoo director, holding a lion cub. The cast-bronze reliefs surrounding Perkins depict men feeding a snake, baboons in the wild, hippos in the water, a group of elephants, and Perkins, surrounded by children and animals in a zoo setting.

Dimensions: 4′ H, 2′ W, 2’D (not including the
Year Completed: 1987
Material: Bronze
Owner: City of St. Louis
Donor: Mutual of OMAHA and the St. Louis Zoo

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