Meeting of the Waters Fountain, St. Louis
This fountain has been a St. Louis landmark since 1939 and represents the meeting of the Missouri with the Mississippi River.
This historical photograph of the statue in 1967 shows the satirical response of some residents after other St. Louis residents asked for the statue to be altered.
The plaza is named in honor of Louis Patrick Aloe. His widow, Edith Aloe selected the artists that designed the sculpture.
Backstory and Context
Louis Aloe served as the president of the St. Louis Board of Alderman from 1916 to 1923 and in this final year he and his wife worked together to secure passage of a massive bond that financed many construction projects that replaced flophouses and other areas of concentrated vice with the plazas, grand intersections, and fountains that can be found throughout the city. His wife Edith met the Sweedish sculptor Carl Milles at a modern art exhibit in 1930. She was impressed by his work and personally contacted Mr. Milles to create this sculpture to be placed at the center of the plaza that was dedicated in her husband's honor.
Patterson, Steve. Carl Milles’ Meeting of the Waters in Aloe Plaza. Urban Review St. Louis. June 23, 2011. Accessed May 09, 2017. http://www.urbanreviewstl.com/2011/06/carl-milles-meeting-of-the-waters-in-aloe-plaza/.