St. Louis County (KSDK) - A St. Louis County sculpture park is one of two recipients in the state to receive the Art Works grant by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The $100,000 grant awarded to Laumeier Sculpture Park is the full amount requested by the park.
Laumeier Sculpture Park is a 105-acre park, showcasing over 60 works of outdoor sculptures. The park partners with St. Louis County Parks to serve 300,000 patrons annually.
The grant money will be used to help restore an existing art structure. A Donald Judd work, one of his concrete "topographic objects," has suffered from natural and human-caused degradation over its 27-year life and is in need of repair.
Laumeier is working with the Judd Foundation and experienced colleagues to strengthen the structure while still maintaining the artist's original intentions. The full conservation of Judd's "Untitled" piece is expected to take approximately 11 months.
Laumeier Sculpture Park has been recognized on a national level when in 2011, USA Today named the park one of the top ten places to see work that enhances nature.
The NEA plans to award $24.81 million in 788 Art Works grants to not-for-profit organizations nationwide.