Century old 'Naked Truth' statue gets a facelift

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – Saturday marked the end of the three-year restoration of one of St. Louis' most recognized landmarks.

The eight-foot, 100-year-old 'Naked Truth' monument was a gift from the German-American Alliance, and it commemorates the three editors of St. Louis' most influential German American newspaper.

The monument depicts a woman who is nude except for a head scarf seated against a panel of cut stone, with her arms flung out to the sides, a torch in each hand. It was designed by Wilhelm Wandschneider of Berlin for $31,000.

The restoration was underwritten by the Norman J. Stupp Foundation and Commerce Bank. The statue has been moved from the northern edge of Reservoir Park to 60 yards south of the Compton Hill Water Tower.

It was designated a city landmark in 1969.


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