St. Louis, Missouri: Big Unloved Urban Indian

Thirteen feet tall on an eight-foot base. Built in the 1980s. Lots of people in the neighborhood -- and even the sculptor who made it -- think it's awful.
Address:
3399 S. Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, MO
Directions:
On the northwest corner of S. Jefferson Ave. and Cherokee St.
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Giant Cherokee Indian

At the corner of Cherokee Street and Jefferson Avenue is the biggest, ugliest Indian I have ever seen. He has his hand raised as if to welcome you to the Cherokee Street district. The face on this thing looks like his underwear is too tight. Truly scary when you are driving along and all of a sudden this warrior chief appears.

[Kwdkathy, 06/01/2003]

May 2007: The statue was erected in 1985. It's 13 feet tall, atop an eight-foot base. It was sculpted by a local artist named Bill Christman, at the request of a neighborhood business association. When the Suburban Journals, a local paper, asked Christman about the statue, he replied, "To my everlasting mortification I was the sculptor of that."

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