Like thick stalks of Missouri tall grass, this sculpture seems to grow out of the cobblestones on the north side of Eads Bridge on the Mississippi riverfront. Robin Murez used broken glass and mirrors in a mosaic style to create her sculpted blades of “grass” that mimic the same grasses that covered the landscape before St. Louis became a developed settlement. As settlers traveled west, dense forests gave way to vast prairielands that allowed room for settlement and cultivation of the land. Each blade of grass is made from a metal reinforcement bar covered in concrete with pieces of glass glued to the surface. In 2000,Missouri Tall Grass was the recipient of the Downtown Beautification Award. Murez received a BA from Oberlin College and in 1996 received an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis.
Dimensions: 10′ x 20′ x 20′
Year Completed: 1999
Material: Steel, glass, and concrete
Owner: Laclede’s Landing