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Bob Cassilly

From event poster

Emily Colmo knows a whole lot more about sunflowers today than she did three months ago. Back then, she began her sunflower journey in distressed parts of St. Louis, where vacant land has been planted with these tall and vivid flowers. Colmo came to discover the importance of increasing our levels of environmental sustainability and our responsibility for distressed and decaying areas of all sorts. Now, she's ready to show all of us what she's learned through a documentary.

Aine O'Connor

Bound in a straitjacket. Wrapped in 50 feet of chain. Tied in ropes.

Then, connected to a wooden yoke, sealed in a canvas bag and locked in a shipping crate.

All part of a day’s work for local “Doctor of Escapology,” Judas Lynch, whose current pirate-themed escape act will be on display at the City Museum’s first age-21+ event, “Falling Awake,” next Thursday night.

Max and Daisy Cassilly both work at the museum their parents created.
Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

When your childhood’s spent roller blading, building forts and doing your homework among the rubble that would become St. Louis’ iconic City Museum, where else are you going to work when you grow up?

Max and Daisy Cassilly were in their early elementary-school years when their parents, Bob and Gail, began transforming the dilapidated 11-story former International Shoe building on Washington Avenue in 1995. The family practically lived there for two years.

Noah Kirby
Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Metal sculptor Noah Kirby wants to make sure people know he worked “for” the late Bob Cassilly, not “with” him, as some claim. But just being in proximity to the creator of St. Louis’ City Museum was life-changing, giving Kirby a first-row seat to Cassilly’s genius, and generosity with space and materials.

St. Louis in Barcelona: Cassilly and Gaudi

Jul 5, 2013
xxxFor the Beacon From left: The serpent fence around City Museum; a figure in Park Guell
Donna Korando | St. Louis Beacon | 2013: Sarah Hermes Griesbach

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: I knew before I arrived in Barcelona that I would find Bob Cassilly there.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 27, 2011 - For children and their parents, the City Museum is a happy place, and they're flocking there in record numbers. But for many who work inside, a degree of sorrow hangs over the artistic playground of Bob Cassilly, who died suddenly three months ago.

"We're still trying to deal with everything; it's strange and sad," museum director Rick Erwin said in an interview. "It's just not easy to start back over."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 28, 2011 - Following the death of Bob Cassilly, one thing is certain: City Museum will re-open Wednesday as scheduled. What happens after that is not clear.

Cassilly was found dead Monday morning in a bulldozer at Cementland, the under-construction site of his ongoing project in north St. Louis. The museum is always closed on Monday and Tuesday, so Wednesday is the first day museum-goers will enter what is now a giant shrine to the late colorful artist.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 27, 2011 - Mourners gathered tonight outside artist/entrepreneur Bob Cassilly's City Museum to pay tribute to the man whose art can be seen throughout the area. Cassilly, 61, died Monday morning in a bulldozer at the site of his newest project Cementland, under construction in north St. Louis.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 27, 2011 - Bob Cassilly, creator of City Museum, was found dead Monday while working at Cementland, his newest project.

No one could deny that Bob Cassilly was a man who could see the possibilities in a situation that escaped everyone else.

City Museum founder Cassilly dies at Cementland site

Sep 26, 2011
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Will be updated. (Details of updates at bottom of post)

Updated 1:03 p.m. with links to panoramas of Cementland site. Updated at 1:14 p.m with links to public artwork archive and 1:30 p.m with link to radio show archive. Updated 2:06p.m. with statement from Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis. 2:54 p.m. with vigil information.

Bob Cassilly, the founder of  St. Louis landmark City Museum, has died at the age of 61.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 26, 2011 - Bob Cassilly, who turned a collection of unusual artifacts into City Museum, a top tourist attraction in downtown St. Louis, was found dead Monday morning at a former cement plant that was being turned into his next project, Cementland.