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This is the only web approved image for 38:2004. (ER 8/2008)
email correspondence giving approval for this image only, from Roxy Paine Studios to Pat Woods and Lauri Kramer, 8/2009


Date: 2004

Artist: Roxy Paine, American, born 1966

Medium: stainless steel
56 ft. x 46 ft. 6 in.
Credit Line: Commissioned by the Saint Louis Art Museum with funds given in memory of John Wooten Moore
Object Number: 38:2004
Classification: SCULPTURE
Current Location:On View, Outdoor, West Lawn
Notes:Situated among the trees of Forest Park, this monumental sculpture interacts with the surrounding built and natural environments. Through its form, the work relates to the real trees nearby while its precise and reflective stainless steel surface poses a contradiction. As Roxy Paine explained, "I take this organic majestic being and break it down into components and rules." Made by welding together standard industrial piping, Placebo highlights the complex relationship between the man-made and the natural world.
Provenance2004 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, commissioned from the artist through James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY [1]

[1] Invoice dated August 30, 2004 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, September 28, 2004.
Publication History
Title: Lectures
Periodical Title: Saint Louis Art Museum Magazine
Edition: July - September
Year Published: 2004

Title: New Outdoor Sculpture: Monumental Outdoor Sculpture Commissioned for the Museum
Periodical Title: Saint Louis Art Museum Magazine
Edition: July-September
Year Published: 2004

Title: The City at 250: A Celebration of St. Louis in Photographs
Year Published: 2014

Title: New on view
Year Published: 2005

Title: New on View
Periodical Title: Saint Louis Art Museum Magazine
Edition: January-March
Year Published: 2005

Title: Outdoor Sculpture Gains Media Acclaim
Periodical Title: Saint Louis Art Museum Magazine
Edition: April - June
Year Published: 2005

Title: The Placebo Effect
Periodical Title: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Edition: September 14
Year Published: 2004

In Collection(s)
© Roxy Paine