Art: Tempest in a Fountain

In Aloe Plaza, outside St. Louis' Union Station, a crane last week deposited 19 excelsior-padded, jute-swathed statues on the pavement of a waterless fountain. The bulky packages looked like mummies but were the livelier fragments of a long controversy (TIME, Aug. 9, 1937; June 6, 1938) over nude statues in general, these in particular. They were the figures for famed Swedish Sculptor Carl Milles' Wedding of the Mississippi and the Missouri—known locally as Wedding in a Nudist Colony.

Before the virile male figure of the Mississippi and the nubile female Missouri, each followed by a lolloping train of Naiads and Tritons,...

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