Bronze Waino Headed to China as Gift to St. Louis' Sister City

"We're exporting St. Louis baseball. We're exporting the Cardinals and we're putting it into China."

December 18, 2018 - 4:40 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Around the time of next year's World Series, St. Louis Cardinals pitcer Adam Wainright will be in China, throwing a pitch to a batter in St. Louis. 

Well not the real Waino.

It will actually be a statue of Wainwright outside Youth Olympic Park Stadium in Nanjing, throwing to a statue of a Chinese baseball player at Ballpark Village, just across the street from Busch Stadium. It was the brainchild of Collins and Hermann Incorporated CEO Tim Hermann to celebrate the 40th anniversary of St. Louis and Nanjing becoming sister cities. 

"(The statue) would permanently connect two cities in the active sport of baseball," says Hermann. "We're exporting St. Louis baseball. We're exporting the Cardinals and we're putting it into China. I mean, that's pretty significant."

The goal is to make it seem like the statues are interacting, even though they'll be separated by thousands of miles.

Both statues are being sculpted by local artist Harry Weber, who created all the Cardinals Hall of Famer statues outside of Busch Stadium, the Chuck Berry statue across from Blueberry Hill, the fights bear and bull outside of Stiffel's headquarters in downtown and many more sports and historic statues around the U.S.

The video at the top of this page shows the 7-foot, 600-pound Wainwright statue being prepared for bronzing at VMD Sculpting's studio in Soulard. 

The Wainwright statue is expected to be dedicated in Nanjing by October. The statue in St. Louis should be dedicated by the end of next year. 

In 1979, St. Louis was linked with Nanjing (formally Nanking) and became the first U.S. municipality to have a sister city in the People’s Republic of China, the program was inspired by President Dwight Eisenhower.