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Forest Park’s New Oakland Avenue Playground Feature

The Studio of Abraham Mohler along with our resident artist team were excited to take part in the ribbon cutting of the new installation at Turtle Park last week. It’s inspiring to see so many people enjoying the work and investing in the wellbeing of our city’s youth and greenspaces. Read more on the full […]

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Turning Aslan Into Stone

Hey guys, thanks for checking out my video on the making of Aslan. If you like what you see here and want to find out more about this work, here are some actions I would love for you to take:   – Check out the lion in person. It’s resting at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Saint Louis […]

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Moving Day

It’s Moving Day! How do you move a 50,000 pound sculpture? One piece at a time… and with a call to Sterrett Crane Company, a flat bed, and permit to block a city street for a couple hours. After arriving at the Memorial Presbyterian Church, we are ready to start the installation process. Along with […]

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The Remnant Series

As you can imagine, stone is an expensive material.  When progress is measured by how much is removed, an artist gets resourceful in letting nothing go to waste.  In fact, this lion sculpture can probably be considered “zero waste.”  The blocks, when they were delivered weighed a total of ~50,000 lbs.  The lion, including the […]

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Slash & Burn

After blocking out the form with a stone-cutting chainsaw, a grinder with diamond blade is used to “slash and burn” the hard geometric form into smaller planes and contours. From there, hammer and chisel are used to break away the cuts and a bush chisel is used to begin shaping the form. As the details […]

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The Headstone

After positioning the headstone in place on the body, the first cuts are made. The nose and mane are outlined and facial features are marked out. Large pieces like this are kept under a tent so work may be done out in the courtyard, rain or shine. 

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A Study in Lions

The process begins with research, sketches, and clay sculptures. This study practice helps to keep perspective and allows the artist to plan for both the big-picture and fine details. 

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First Cuts

In 2019, the Studio of Abraham Mohler received a commission for a number of sculptures for a new children’s garden at Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Louis. The installation and dedication was in October 2020, over a year later. Over the next several posts we will showcase the process leading up to the finished product […]

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The Finished Frog & Toad

The frog and toad are finished! Check out these final photos, and make a trip to see them in person at the St Louis World’s Fair Pavilion. The City of St. Louis Parks Division and Forest Park Forever have partnered to create the new World’s Fair Pavilion Comfort Station & Gathering Plaza, featuring a limestone […]

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Hopping Along

You can see the frog and toad taking shape. From their original slabs, their heads, legs and bodies are now visible. The City of St. Louis Parks Division and Forest Park Forever have partnered to create the new World’s Fair Pavilion Comfort Station & Gathering Plaza, featuring a limestone frog and toad by The Studio of […]