7th Ward Neighborhoods have an abundance of parks that serve as recreation and gardening opportunities. Neighborhood associations grow more and more key to their beautification and maintenance. The latest addition to Soulard’s Pontiac Square Park is a good example.
The park is named for Chief Pontiac, of the Ottawa Nation, who is believed to be buried at Broadway & Walnut in Downtown St Louis.
Artist Uriel Starbuck has donated his sculpture titled “Terra Madonna” to Pontiac Park. She was previously located at Unity Christ Church in the Wydown/Skinker Neighborhood across from Forest Park.
The move and pedestal accommodations were made possible by Soulard Restoration Group’s Beautification Committee.
SRG Beautification will landscape the area around Terra Madonna with butterfly and bee friendly plants.
Terra Madonna is the latest art to call Pontiac Park home. In November 2014, SRG installed the Chief Pontiac art screens around the park’s Shenandoah @ 10th utility boxes.