Cementland: Murdered Artist’s Vision Lives On, But For How Long?
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Cementland was the vision of St. Louis-based artist Bob Cassilly. The sculptor is largely responsible for the City Museum in downtown St. Louis, it's described as "An all-ages architectural playground in Downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Explore tunnels, caves, slides, and rides — inside and out." In the early 2000s, Cassilly set out to do the same to an abandoned cement factory north of St. Louis.
Those plans derailed after the popular artist was found at Cementland, the victim of a tragic accident where the bulldozer he was operating tumbled down a hill killing him. Some of Cassilly's family, however, had a hard time believing a tragic accident took Cassilly, so they hired an independent doctor to review the evidence.
The expert hired by Cassilly's family found that the sculptor had been beaten to death, then the bulldozer accident staged to cover it up. The St. Louis Medical Examiner, however, rejected the evidence by the family's expert and refused to change his cause of death, which is listed as accidental.
Unfinished, the family had hoped to continue to work on the project. However, in 2022 they sold Cementland for over $700,000 to someone who has an industrial use for it.
Even unfinished, however, Cementland may have served Cassilly's purpose. Or people sought out his old cement factory, partially finished, to have an adventure, snap some cool pictures or shoot a neat video. It had become one of those known places for urban exploration. Keep scrolling to see some pictures of Cementland.
You can watch the YouTube video from Free4All here.