Centene Center for Arts and Education/Artist: Emily Cross
They are hard not to notice, given their vibrant colors and premium position, often in front of St. Louis area landmarks. These include many beloved arts and cultural institutions such as the Saint Louis Art Museum, Laumeier Sculpture Park and Powell Hall. By now, 250 decorated fiberglass cakes have been placed at their designated homes across the bi-state region. “Cakeway to the West” is helping to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the
founding of St. Louis in 1764 and you’ll find many of the Arts and Education Council grantees are part of this unique cakeway tour.
Erin Budde, executive director of stl250, which is spearheading all of the anniversary-related activities, explained that more than 160 artists participated in decorating anywhere from one up to 10 cakes. “In decorating the cakes, we asked the artists to coincide with stl250 values — inclusion, collaboration, respecting diversity and affirmation for our region,” said Budde. “But otherwise, we wanted to give the artists an opportunity to express their individual talent and creativity.”
The Sheldon/Artist: Grand Center Arts Academy
Megan Clayton, the art teacher at Grand Center Arts Academy, had a small group of her advanced students visit The Sheldon to get inspiration for their cake design.
“We wanted to represent the various aspects of The Sheldon such as the concert hall, gallery space, and architecture,” said Clayton. “The students challenged themselves to represent the music and art in a less traditional way. They separated the different elements by each layer of the cake and they chose to use the icing to help morph one theme into the next. For example, the musicians from the top layer appear to be melting
into the stained glass on the bottom tier.”
Mark Swain created the cake for the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, which stands in front of the Loretto-Hilton Center. He explained that he has had a longstanding love of music and theater, and was active in both during his high school and college days.
Repertory Theatre of St. Louis/Artist: Mark Swain
“In addition, my love of masks and sculpting in leather along with my love of Native American culture all came together to create the foundation of my cake,” he said. “I love to use lots of color in my art work and this cake, along with the eight others I created, afforded me the opportunity to express myself with an abundance of color.”
Budde said the thoughtful designs of the cakes — and the sheer number — have attracted dozens of “cake hunters.” Those interested can download a free app available through iTunes (iPhones only) and Google Play (Android devices) that allows users to engage interactively with the cakes. In addition, the stl250.org website lists the address of each cake location, a short description of that site and the artist’s name who designed the cake.
A&E grant recipients/locations on the cakeway tour include: Centene Center for Arts and Education, COCA/ Center for Creative Arts, Friends of Tower Grove Park, Fabulous Fox
Theatre (home to the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation), Laumeier Sculpture Park, Loretto-Hilton Center (home to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Nine Network of Public Media, Old North Saint Louis Restoration Group, Powell Hall (home to the St. Louis Symphony), and Shakespeare Glen (home to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis).
Nine Network/Artist: Indy Bowers
Powell Hall/Artist: Earl
Old North Neighborhood/
Artist: Jack Bowe