Best Public Art

Forest Park's Animals Always

It's a bigger sculpture than any other public zoo's; here in town it's second in size only to the Arch. Albert Paley's Animals Always has been heralded for many best, most, largest and first superlatives since its installation at Hampton Avenue and Wells Drive in late May. From afar it's hard to judge what exactly you're looking at, but a closer look reveals 60 life-size animals, including giraffes that stretch toward the sky and rhinos that graze at ground level. When you stand beneath the arc of magnificent creatures and trees, the work envelops you, offering a brief glimpse of what it's like to live in concert with your fellow creatures—and a reminder of the increasing possibility that we might end up living without them.
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