Public Art on Parade - This Summer, University City (Mo.) is Cat Country - Take a Look at the The Roaring Lions of University City (St. Louis, Missouri)

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PUBLIC ART PROJECTS...

In 1999, Chicago, Illinois started the Public Art on Parade trend with the extremely popular "Cows on Parade."  I had the pleasure to see this Public Art on Parade as well as Louisville, Kentucky's "Gallapalooza" and St. Louis, Missouri's "The People Project."  Now, there is another local entry into the Public Art on Parade trend entitled "The Roaring Lions of University City" in University City, Missouri.

SUCCESS BASED ON LOCAL APPEAL...

Public Art Projects are hit or miss type of affairs.  The "Cows on Parade" in Chicago, Illinois had a strong appeal to local residents and tourists evoking the legend of the Great Chicago Fire and Mrs. O'Leary's Cow and ties to the stockyard industry.  A similar project introduced in New York City was less successful.  It appears that the success or failure of the Public Arts Projects often depends on the nature of the local arts community and the sense of pride that the subject matter evokes in local residents.

THE HISTORY OF THE ROARING LIONS OF UNIVERSITY CITY...

If the key to the success of a local Public Art Project depends on the strength of the imagery, then the Roaring Lions of University City should be a "roaring" success.  This year marks the centennial of the installation of the Lion and Lioness on the Gates of Opportunity located on Delmar Boulevard and marking the western boundary of the Loop business and entertainment district.  Created in 1909 by Hungarian sculptor George Zolnay, the Lion and Lioness are, were and remain a symbol of strength and pride for University City as one of the premier places to live in St. Louis County, adjoining the Western boundary of the City of St. Louis.

COMMUNITY EVENTS FOR THE ROARING LIONS OF UNIVERSITY CITY...

The Roaring Lions of University City isn't the typical Public Art on Parade project.  It is distinctly different in that it represents one of a series of events hosted by University City to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the installation of the Lion and Lioness.  University City is using the Roaring Lions of University City to promote its great residential neighborhoods and local business and entertainment districts.  However, it is also promoting recycling, literaracy, children's activities and the arts with a series of events from a lion themed movie in the park to a high school writing contest to children's art events painting over 2000 paper mache lions to musical performances - all culminating in a city wide birthday bash for the Roaring Lions of University on September 12-13, 2009. 

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GUIDE SAFARIS AND SCAVENGER HUNTS FOR THE ROARING LIONS OF UNIVERSITY CITY...

To see University City's Public Art on Parade project entitled "The Roaring Lions of University City", you have three great options:

Option 1 - Take the easy route.  Take a driving safari tour of the Roaring Lions of University City using the  Event Map - Roaring Lions of University City.

Option 2 - For the more adventuresome, explore University City on foot using the scavenger hunt clues for the Roaring Lions of University City.  Read each clue and head off in search of your Roaring Lions prey.

Option 3 - Not from University City?  Be a National Geographic reader and take a peak at the Roaring Lions of University City by clicking on Meet the Roaring Lions of University City

However, don't stop there.  Seeing the Roaring Lions of University City is just one part of the summer of fun events in University City.  For more information on Roaring Lions of University City related events, visit the Roaring Lions of University City website.

 PUBLIC ARTS ON PARADE IN OTHER AMERICAN CITIES...

After exploring the Roaring Lions of University City, you may want to take a safari and explor other Public Art on Parade exhibits.  The concept of streetscape art isn't exactly new.  The website American Arts Parade chronicles this community art trend with an interactive map, photographs, and links to other Public Art on Parade exhibits. 

Now. after taking a look at the other 150 Art on Parade projects, let us know how the Roaring Lions of University City compares to these other great community art projects and events.

Interested in Urban Living in the walkable neighborhoods and the bustling business and entertainment district of the Loop in University City?  Contact Ryan Shaughnessy at PREA Signature Realty at 314-971-4381 or send an e-mail to Ryan@PREASignatureRealty.com.  Or, visit our website at www.PREASignatureRealty.com.

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Rainmaker
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Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
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Ryan

I have seen some of these; absolutely amazing.

Jul 13, 2009 05:26 PM #1
Rainer
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Tom - I have seen a few such art projects.  I always enjoy how they add to the streetscape.

Jul 13, 2009 05:29 PM #2
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Maria Morton
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Ryan, that is an exquisite painted lion. In KC we have cows painted like that.

Jul 13, 2009 05:57 PM #3
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Maria Morton
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P.S. Congratulations on achieving Ambassador status on the AR network!

Jul 13, 2009 06:01 PM #4
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Ryan Shaughnessy
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Maria - Cows made sense in Chicago and K.C. - but not in NYC where it was a dud.  Although there is a copycat aspect to the parade of animals, I do like the additions to the streetscape.  University City has energized the community and tied other events to this art project.

Jul 13, 2009 11:16 PM #5
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Ryan Shaughnessy
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Maria - Thanks...  Trying to figure it all out right now.

Jul 13, 2009 11:20 PM #6
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Janice Roosevelt
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Ryan, I remember the cows and recently I've seen eagles on Liz Moras's blog in Canada. the lion truly is stunning.

Jul 13, 2009 11:36 PM #7
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Ryan Shaughnessy
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Janice - What I really like about this initiative is that is has a strong local tie.  There is a monument that is near City Hall and anchors the business/restaurant/entertainment district - and of course it is two lions.  The lions were installed in 1909.  So, I like the fact that they have included the public art project in a broader celebration. 

Jul 14, 2009 12:59 AM #8
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Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
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Dear Ryan,

I love art in public places. These lions look very cool. We have something similar in Austin, but our art is custom painted guitars. After all we are the live music capital of the world...

;)

 

Jul 14, 2009 01:17 AM #9
Rainer
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Ryan Shaughnessy
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Betina - I'm coming to Austin in August for a Keller Williams' seminar so I look forward to seeing the custom painted guitars in person.

Jul 14, 2009 01:20 AM #10
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Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
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I really like this a lot! More than a parade! I could spend hours looking at all of these...wow...and you put a lot of work into listing all of them. Thanks for sharing this colorful inspiration!

Jul 14, 2009 12:16 PM #11
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Ryan Shaughnessy
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Mara - I like the concept.  It changes the look and feel of the downtown streetscapes.  It seems that the key to a good public reception of these events is tying the subject of the exhibit to some local theme.  With 150 plus of these art installations, the novelty may have worn off - but I like the Roaring Lions of University City in part because they have built a series events around the project appealing to kids and adults alike.

Jul 14, 2009 02:23 PM #12
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Ann Hayden 636-399-7544
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Ryan,

Awesome lion!  I am going to have to take a trip.

Ann Hayden

Jul 16, 2009 04:17 PM #13
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Ryan Shaughnessy
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Ann - I like public art projects - especially where the theme makes sense and this one does.

Jul 17, 2009 04:51 AM #14
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Ryan,

I love art...  so this makes sense to me too.

Ann Hayden in lovely Wildwood, Missouri

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