St. Louis Honey Bears
“St. Louis Honey Bears” is an original artwork commissioned by the Gateway Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri. It was painted using multi-layered stencils and spray paint by fnnch, a St. Louis native and San Francisco-based street artist who wants more art in more places. The mural features four of his signature honey bears, which are intended to surprise and delight people and make them look up from their phones.
“St. Louis Honey Bears” include (clockwise from top left): Violin Bear, Fancy Bear, Artist Bear and Blues Bear. Violin Bear references Powell Hall, the Fox Theatre, and The Sheldon Concert Hall, all of which are nearby; Fancy Bear references St. Louis’s Gilded Age history and the 1904 World’s Fair; Artist Bear honors the Arts and Education Council’s Centene Center for the Arts on which the mural is painted; and Blues Bear commemorates the St. Louis Blues’s 2019 Stanley Cup victory.
The building on which the mural is painted is the Centene Center for the Arts, an incubator owned and operated by the Arts and Education Council. This mural activates the exterior of the incubator and reflects the creativity that happens on the inside every day.
This work is fnnch’s largest mural to date. His work can also be found in Chicago, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Tel Aviv. This is his first large-scale work in his hometown.
“St. Louis Honey Bears” is made possible through a partnership between the Arts and Education Council and the Gateway Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri.
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