The Taylors' gift will be used to pay the cost of construction, establish an endowment to support future maintenance of the garden, and pay for additional outdoor improvements. To be completed in spring 2015, the garden will feature masterworks from the museum’s collection — including pieces by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Aristide Maillol, and Mathias Gasteiger — that complement Stone Sea by Andy Goldsworthy, a work commissioned by the museum in 2012.
The garden, which will include two water features and more than four hundred and fifty trees, will complete the phased landscape plan designed by Paris-based Michel Desvigne.
"Andy and I take great pleasure in supporting the Saint Louis Art Museum's vision of connecting visitors with world-class sculpture in a distinctive way," said Barbara B. Taylor, president of the museum’s board of commissioners. "This new sculpture garden will be a beautiful and significant addition to the museum, as well as to Forest Park."