St. Louis Zoo Commissions Bronze Sculpture

January 9, 2023



Sculpture of Dr. Jeffrey Bonner RFQ/ RFP 2023


The Saint Louis Zoo is seeking to commission a commemorative sculpture, cast in bronze, for a past president and CEO of the organization. The work will include a plinth to be set and attached to a foundation provided by the owner. The style shall be realistic to an extent that harmonizes with the existing commemorative sculptures at the Zoo. Composition to be 10% to 20% larger than life size. The artist will be responsible not only for the artwork, but shall include contracting with an experienced foundry, supervision of the casting process, packing, shipping and installation.

Scope will include:

  • Sketches and scale model (maquette) to communicate intent
  • Coordination meetings with art committee and staff
  • Foundry selection, foundry supervision
  • Shipping/Delivery
  • Installation


The Saint Louis Zoo has commemorated past CEO’s and presidents by commissioning full scale bronze sculptures, placed on the campus in Forest Park. Subjects in the past include George Vierheller, Marlin Perkins and Charles Hoessle. Dr. Jeffrey Bonner recently retired after serving the Zoo for twenty years.

CLICK HERE to view all details and submission documents regarding this project.

CLICK HERE to view photography of the installation site.

Sketch of Dr. Jeffrey Bonner