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St. Louis, Missouri: Christman Studio and Sculpture Park

Odd array and pieces by artist Bill Christman, who gave St. Louis its giant turtles and the Beatnik Bob Museum at the City Museum. Mostly not open to the public, but you can see statues in the yard and out front, including a Big John in two pieces, a rocket, and a rooster.

6014 Kingsbury Ave., St. Louis, MO
West side of downtown. Just west of Des Peres Ave. and a couple of blocks east of Skinker Blvd.
Mostly not open to public. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Big John.

Christman Studio and Sculpture Park

Pieces are visible behind the fence. My favorites include the upper torso of Big John, big boy, and alien. Be careful where you park -- it's a residential neighborhood.

[Kat Marley, 05/21/2024]

Christman Studio.

Christman Studio and Sculpture Park

You peer past locked gates to see various robots and art sculptures. Some are on display by studio door -- alien, chicken, Lucky the Dog. Artist is constantly adding to it...

[Kat, 05/19/2023]

Big John and friends.

Christman Studio and Sculpture Park

Artist Bill Christman's eclectic arrangement of cherished commercial icons and his own sculptures includes a Big John Grocery Clerk giant. The legs and lower fiberglass body stand near the road, but the rest of Big John -- holding a grocery bag and a large milk bottle -- are deep in the garden.

The garden is open to the public during Joe's Cafe music nights on Thursdays. At other times, visitors are limited to what's visible from the street.

[ Team, 09/03/2017]


Christman Studio and Sculpture Park

Public access to the main sculpture garden is limited to events at Christman's "Joe's Cafe," but there are several works along the street. For those who can venture further, the art here is a magical world.

[Mulvaney, 04/09/2011]

Big John head and torso, 2012.

Christman Studio and Sculpture Park

A working art studio and next door sculpture park. The park contains a "divided" Big John statue, a Big Boy statue, and numerous other whimsical items, including a man-made stream running thru the garden. The studio itself also contains many interesting items although it is not open to the public except on Thursday evenings when live entertainment is featured in a BYOB setting (dogs welcome).

Christman is also responsible for Beatnik Bob's Museum of Myrth, Mystery and Mayhem at City Museum, which is home to the World's Largest Pair of Men's Underpants, The Corndog Exhibit, vintage pinball machines, the Atomic Fish and the Shrine to Shameless Hucksterism gift shop.

[Matt Hely, 11/25/2004]

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