Henry Shaw believed that sculpture had a place in public parks and brought a number of examples to Tower Grove Park for the citizens of St. Louis to enjoy. The four full-length sculptures are:
On the lawn surrounding the music pavilion, which is situated a little north of the statues of Shakespeare and Humboldt, and about midway between them, are the white marble replacement busts of the famous musical composers:
The original marble busts can be found in the Piper Palm House.
The metallic figures adorning the Grand Avenue entrance of lions and griffins, and the recumbent stags near the north gate, are also works of art of decided merit. They were designed and executed in Berlin, and were imported for the ornamentation of the gateways by the Board of Commissioners, and are made of zinc, which is, when kept carefully painted, almost as indestructible as bronze.