Donated by: Bee Cave Arts Foundation
Started in 2009, the mission of the Bee Cave Arts Foundation is to improve the quality of life in our community and enhance the experience of visitors by bringing awareness, education and integration of a wide range of art throughout public spaces. To help jumpstart the Benches of Bee Cave, the Foundation raised and donated their own funds to sponsor this unique and appropriate bench.
Artists: Bro Mel Meyer & Carol Fleming
As a Florissant, Missouri native, Brother Mel Meyer has worked as a resident artist in St. Louis over the past thirty-five years. After joining the “Marianists” (Society of Mary) in 1947, he completed his Bachlor of Arts degree at the University of Dayton.
As a talented young artist, he was selected to work with “Yoki” Aebischer in Fribourg, Switzerland and Jacques le Chaveillier in Paris, France during 1958. In 1960, he earned his Masters degree at the University of Notre Dame, studying under internationally renowned artists Ivan Mestrovic and Jean Charlot.
Today, Brother Mel’s work not only reflects numerous travels, but also an ever-expanding ability to create art in a variety of media.
Carol specializes in designing site-specific and one-of-a-kind artwork in clay. Each piece articulates a client’s vision through the evolution of forms, colors, and functions. She is constantly exploring her responses to personal inspiration so that commissioned artwork represents both the particular challenge of the client and site as well as a matured aesthetic.
Since 1988, she has placed artwork in residential, educational, and corporate landscapes. At each site, the use varies. Some pieces are practical furniture while others become garden installation, fountains, or time-honored statements in creative sculpture. Whatever the function, the goal is to build a satisfying bridge between the client’s imagination and the actual artwork installed to enhance a site design.
Just in front of Amy’s Ice Cream on the far East Side. Perfect to enjoy an ice cream cone and as a bonus, you don’t have to worry about any bees!