CWEA VOICES by the West End Word

 

 
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Photo by Ursula Ruhl, West End Word

Photo by Ursula Ruhl, West End Word

A bronze bust of writer William S. Burroughs is taking its place of honor at Euclid and McPherson on Sept. 23, thanks to the efforts of two important neighborhood organizations: the Central West End Association (CWEA) and the Central West End Business Improvement District (North CID). 

 

The sculpture by artist Vlad Zhitomirsky will join busts of Tennessee Williams, T.S. Eliot and Kate Chopin at the intersection known as Writer’s Corner. 

The public is invited to the official Burroughs unveiling, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 23, 6 p.m., in front of Left Bank Books at 399 N. Euclid Ave

The CWEA started the Writer’s Corner project in 2007. To bring it to completion, the association joined forces with the North CID.

“The idea was to honor the literary history of the neighborhood with a public art project,” said Kelly Waters, CWEA president. “As our resources allowed, we commissioned and installed the bronze sculptures of Tennessee Williams, T.S. Eliot, Kate Chopin, and now William Burroughs. 

“For this final sculpture, we were so pleased that the North CID offered to help with the costs,” she said. “Each organization will spend approximately $10,000 for the William Burroughs sculpture.”

Waters said the CWEA is looking forward to bringing more public art to the streets with an emphasis on works created by local artists.

The North CID has been hard at work on the inaugural BookFest St. Louis, which runs Sept. 21-23. The Burroughs sculpture will be unveiled during the festival.

“The CID was interested in adding another event to the neighborhood,” said Kate Haher, executive director of the Central West End Business Improvement District. “We partnered with Left Bank Books and the vision was born and really took off.

“Each of these (Writer’s Corner) authors had a connection to the Central West End, and to St. Louis,” she added. “It’s a great way to celebrate them.”

The Central West End Association has been supporting the neighborhood since its inception in 1958. This past June, the association pulled off one of the most successful house tours in years, bringing thousands of people to the Central West End to view the mansions of Fullerton’s Westminster Place.

Haher said the CID works hard to support Central West End businesses and residents as well. 

“We help drive customers to our businesses, which helps the economic strength of our neighborhood,” she said. 

Projects by the CID include larger directional signage, maintaining the beautiful planters along Kingshighway and many other beautification efforts. Learn more about this important neighborhood organization at cwescene.com.

The CWEA’s annual gala will be held Friday, Dec. 1, at The McPherson, 4715 McPherson Ave. The annual Polk and Renaissance awards will be announced that evening. Nominations are being accepted through Sept. 30. 

Read the West End Word's piece on the Burrough's Bust here