Renowned artist Brother Mel Meyer has died

News-DemocratOctober 15, 2013 

Brother Mel Meyer, a Marianist monk whose art can be found in Belleville and across the St. Louis area, has died. He was 85.

Meyer, who created a sculpture called The Glass Tower which can be seen at Lindenwood University-Belleville, died Saturday due to heart disease.

"Brother Mel was a friend to everyone he met," Jerry Bladdick, president of Lindenwood University's Belleville campus, said. "He was a friend to Lindenwood University Belleville, and he was a huge sponsor and supporter of education."

Many of the artist's works were featured on the Belleville campus in its new welcome center shortly after it opened in 2010 next to the auditorium.

"His talents as an artist are seen and recognized all over the world," Bladdick said. "We are saddened by the news of his passing, but we are fortunate to have many pieces of his art on our campus and we shall always remember him every time we walk past his works."

The Florissant native began to create works of art in 1968 and continued to be productive until the time of his death. His works include an 8-foot-tall sundial in the Korean War Memorial in Forest Park in St. Louis and a sculpture of three giant stacked chairs at the Kirkwood Farmers Market.

The Glass Tower was stolen in January 2012 by thieves who unbolted it from its foundation and carried it away. The sculpture was found by an angler four months later in St. Clair Lake in Swansea and was returned to the school.

After the sculpture disappeared, local attorney Garrett Reuter made a donation to Lindenwood-Belleville to commission a replacement. The new sculpture was completed before the original was found. So now they both are displayed on the campus. Brother Mel also worked with Lindenwood to create a $25,000 scholarship that paid for a student of his choosing from Vianney High School where he worked to attend either the school's St. Charles or Belleville campus.

Visitation is to be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday in the chapel at St. John Vianney High School. The funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday followed by the procession to the cemetery.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or call 239-2626.

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