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Bob Cassilly
Bob Cassilly

Bob Cassilly

City Museum

St. Louis, MO USA

"I've always wanted to build a fantasy world…I figured, 'Well, what have I got to lose? I'm going to go forward and shake my fist at all this stuff and do what I want to do."

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Day In The Life


I build large scale public sculptures and parks where adults and children can lose themselves in a fantasy world.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Art/Art Studies, General

    Fontbonne University

  • Graduate Degree

    Art/Art Studies, General

    Fontbonne University

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    As a restless child, his mom got him into sculpting and woodwork so he could channel out his energy.

  • 2.

    Went to college to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War; also constructed elaborate "backup plan," pretended to have narcolepsy.

  • 3.

    Always liked working around the rules, thinking outside of the box.

  • 4.

    When he was in school, he decided that his goal would be "to never have a job."

  • 5.

    Flipped houses until he had enough money to buy the huge empty lot where the museum now stands.

  • 6.

    Said the empty lot had "endless potential" but he didn't know what to do with it until he actually started building it.

  • 7.

    Felt depressed at times, built his "fantasy land" museum as a way to combat that; says his depression actually made him productive.

  • 8.

    Says "I needed to want what nobody else wanted and live the way nobody else wanted to live, and then I could be free."