The STL250 Birthday Cakes Public Art Exhibition celebrated the 250th Birthday of the City of St. Louis. I was a new resident artist to the city of St.Louis was excited to submit designs for the Regional Arts Commission exhibition jurors. Painted fiberglass public art exhibits have been popping up all over the country for years, yet I had never submitted any proposals to calls for art of this nature because of my focus on two dimensional charcoal works. Purely for the sake of trying "something new", I took a creative risk to venture out into the fiberglass medium. Thankfully, the risk was worth it and all four of my original designs on paper were selected by the RAC and STL250 Committees. Additionally, all artworks were re-approved before installation at selected locations. My cakes, titled, Ladybug Cake © 2014, Cardinal Cake © 2014, Raven Cake © 2014, and Landscape Cake © 2014 were installed at The Offices of Mayor Alvin Parks, Jr.'s front entrance of the East St. Louis Municipal Building, The Pere Marquette Historic Lodge at Pere Marquette State Park, at the front entrance of Busch Stadium home of the STL Cardinals baseball team, and Jefferson Barracks Trail Head at Historic Jefferson Barracks military facility, STL, Missouri, USA. Out of all my cake designs, the Cardinal Cake drew the most attention due to location. St. Louis is full of baseball fans and they pretty much love anything that has "cardinal imagery". I was told that my cake was selected out of several design options because the image, which is a Cardinal, "pointed more toward the team". Via a text message from committee organizers, I was asked by Cardinals team president if I was willing to put their team logo the "Birds on the Bat" on the Cardinal Cake. I agreed to customize my red bird cake design "Cardinal Cake" to fit this special request. Cardinal Cake was delivered to Busch Stadium and installed out front with approval of the stadium manager and an STL250 exhibition coordinator. The entire STL250 exhibition was a temporary one year contract. Artists had contracts with STL250 and not with their location hosts. Today, some cakes remain in place and some do not. Many of the cakes were auctioned to benefit charity and I am pleased that my Raven Cake was one of those designs.
The Cakeway to the West was a cake celebration and photographic "treasure hunt" to encourage the exploration of St. Louis and resulted in a documentary book available on Amazon. I celebrated my own 50th birthday on the 250th Birthday of the City of St. Louis and that factored in to my decision to submit designs for this juried event because I simply thought it would be fun to "mark making it over the '50th birthday hill' " by creating ART for the STL250 City Celebration and residents of STL. Most people go for an epic tour someplace on their big birthdays...I opted for making cakes! Cakes Are Popping Up All Over !