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A nearly two-year effort to raise money for a statue of St. Louis native Chuck Berry in the city came officially to a close today Friday as dignitaries gathered with the man they call the father of rock 'n' roll to dedicate the sculpture.

Chuck Berry statue installed in the Loop

Jul 1, 2011
Workers set the statue in place near Chuck Berry's star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame and near Blueberry Hill, where he played regular concerts in later years.
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Despite criticism, a statue of rock legend Chuck Berry was installed in University City, Mo. Friday in the Delmar Loop.

The statue was crafted by local artist Harry Weber and a formal dedication is planned for July 29.

Previously, critics voiced concerns that the statue was to be installed on city-owned land and that Berry spent time in jail.

Berry to get St. Louis-area statue despite critics

Jun 28, 2011
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The rock legend known for such hits as "Johnny B. Goode" will be getting a statue in suburban St. Louis, but not everyone thinks that's so great.

University City's City Council on Monday night refused to block installation of an 8-foot bronze sculpture by artist Harry Weber honoring 84-year-old Chuck Berry.

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Courtesy of Harry Weber | St. Louis Beacon archives

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 23, 2008 - Recent flooding has completely submerged the Lewis and Clark statue that sits on the riverfront in the shadow of Eads Bridge. But this isn't the first time the explorers have gone under, and it most certainly will not be the last. Good thing for Lewis and Clark's larger-than-life likenesses, their creator designed them to be waterproof.