St. Francis of Assisi
Artist Name: Donald Shepard
Date Created: 5/25/1936
Location: Como Park Conservatory North Wing
History: Originally placed in Como Park proper, the park moved the sculpture to the conservatory to protect it from vandalism.
Roman Catholics consider Saint Francis the patron saint of birds and aid to the poor. According to a famous legend, he even preached a sermon to the birds. Other legends tell of his fondness for animals. He also founded the Order of Friars Minor, known as the Franciscans.