August Robert Meyer Memorial
1909 - The Paseo, Kansas City
Meyer Boulevard and Meyer Circle are probably the most fitting tributes to the life of August Meyer-each are landmark realizations of the George Kessler designed Parks and Boulevard system in Kansas City. It was Meyer who as the first president of the Kansas City Parks Department hired Kessler to transform this "cowtown" of late 19th century Kansas City into City Beautiful.
The bronze relief was executed by Daniel Chester French, one of America's greatest sculptors. Previously he'd sculpted figures for the Richard Morris Hunt memorial on the Upper East side, the Rear Admiral Samuel DuPont circle fountain in NW Washington DC. But he is most famous for his great seated monumental figure of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial.
Stone inscription on north side of memorial:
HOUSES AND SHOES ARE MANS
BUT GRASS AND TREES AND FLOWERS
ARE GODS OWN HANDIWORK
UNDAUNTED THIS MAN PLANNED AND TOILED
THAT DWELLERS IN THIS PLACE
MIGHT EVER FREELY TASTE ALL
SWEET DELIGHTS OF NATURE