The Awakening Sculpture
A Giant Awakening
The Awakening Sculpture, Chesterfield
16365 Lydia Hill Drive
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Behind a mall, outside a park, in a pretty green grassy area, you will find…a 70-foot-tall giant clawing his way out of the ground? Yes. The Awakening Sculpture was installed on October 19, 2009, and is owned by Sachs Properties. This monumental sculpture, measuring 70 feet in length and 17 feet at its tallest point was first cast by sculptor Seward Johnson in 1980 for a sculpture exhibition in Washington, DC. This second casting is a permanent addition to the Chesterfield landscape adjacent to Central Park to the west of Chesterfield Mall. Undeniably eye-catching, the 4,100-pound struggling sculpture is part of Chesterfield Arts’ public art collection. The five-piece aluminum sculpture is buried in the ground, giving the impression of a distressed giant attempting to free himself from the ground. The left hand and right foot barely protrude, while the bent left leg and knee jut into the air. The bearded face, with the mouth in mid-scream, struggles to emerge from the earth.