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Clayton, Missouri
    At Clayton's City Hall, scupture by Carl Milles

Folke Filbyter was introduced in an episode in the Swedish author and Nobel Laureate Verner von Heidenstam's novel Folkungaträdet. From the plaque at the sculpture:

"Swedish legend portrays Folke Filbyter as the pagan founder of the Folkung Dynasty. His grandson was kidnapped by Christian monks. Folke spent 25 years searching for him on horseback and later find him in the King's service. Milles depicts this quest by showing the terrified horse fording a treacherous stream and a frightened Folke counterbalancing the movement."

Clayton City Hall, 10 N. Bemiston Avenue - Clayton, MO 63105 Material: bronze, dedicated: 1928 Owner: On loan from St. Louis Art Museum. Text couresy of Clayton History Society

An evening stroll around gleaming Clayton



"Still Point," by Ruth Keller Schweiss, located in front of the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Bronze, 1990. Note from the Clayton History Society:

The six slender ballerinas, posed in "grand battement," a classical ballet position meaning "great brush off the floor," were commissioned by the developers of a new luxury hotel for the circular greenspace in the driveway leading to the grand entry. Three years later, with the development partnership in default and new owners coming in, the sculpture's safety was at risk in a squabble over the land, which gave the old owners three sides of the site's property, and the new owners the fourth side, including the access road and sculpture. The new owners posted a gate at the access point and threatened to bulldoze the road and sculpture. A judge's restraining order barred harm to the sculpture and fountain until the case was settled.

June 2017