Monumentals

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Monumental and Life Scale Shows to visit this summer.

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Elkhart County, Indiana
Northern Indiana Heritage Trail
May 30 – Oct 1, 2017

Crown Point, Indiana
May 31 – September 2017

Old Westbury Gardens, Westbury, NY
June 16 – Sept. 16, 2017

Pioneer Court, Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL
30’ “Return Visit”
Now through 2017

“God Bless America” and 60 Life-Scale Sculptures along the Heritage Trail

 

 

 

 

Elkhart County
Indiana

Northern Indiana Heritage Trail

May 30 – Oct 1
2017

 

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There are two very large and spectacular exhibitions taking shape for this summer.  The first to open is in Elkhart County, Indiana.  Nearly 60 life-scale sculptures by Seward Johnson will nestle into the beautiful Amish Country landscape.

The Heritage Trail Driving Tour takes you along 90 miles, through 6 cities and towns, past the glorious Quilt Gardens, made in traditional quilt patterns – all with flowers.  During this 10th anniversary year, these Quilt Gardens will also have Johnson bronzes sited along the route.

The monumental chosen by the hosts is “God Bless America” – Seward Johnson’s homage to painter Grant Wood. The 25-foot tall farmers and pitchfork will tower over the pastoral landscape, greeting all who take this special driving tour.

The sculptures arrived May 30th and stay through September 2017.

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“The Tooth” and Life-Scale Sculptures in Crown Point, Indiana

 

 

 

 

Crown Point
Indiana

May 31 – Sept
2017

The city of Crown Point, Indiana is hosting an extremely unique monumental sculpture this year!  Seward Johnson’s gigantic tooth and two bronze art lovers contemplating the sculpture (man pictured), is on display outside of the artist’s New Jersey locale for the first time in decades.

Curious?

“The Tooth” is sure to draw a crowd and surprise many unaware drivers.

There will also be a concurrent show of 11 life-sized sculptures, including “No Hands” and “My Dog Has Flea” (pictured), sited throughout the city for visitor’s to discover.

Watch a short video of the installation of the Tooth in Crown Point

 

Embracing Peace at the Key West Custom House art museum

 

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The team from The Seward Johnson Atelier install “Embracing Peace,” a 25 foot tall bronze sculpture by artist Johnson at the Key West Custom House Art Museum.

 

 

Return Visit arrives in Chicago and the Cubs Win!

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Seward Johnson’s 30 foot tall “Return Visit” sculpture was installed at Pioneer Court on Michigan Avenue in Chicago the same week the beloved Cubs won the World Series!  A massive sea of parade goers surrounded the sculpture!

Embracing Peace stands tall in Belgium

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The installation crew from the Seward Johnson Atelier arrived in Bastogne, Belgium and installed the 20-foot tall Embracing Peace “kiss” sculpture, on October 5th at the Bastogne War Museum.
Colline de Mardasson
5-6600 Bastonge Belgium
Oct 5, 2016 – April 5, 2017

Honoring Veterans … Embracing Peace is cleaned and prepped!

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The 30 foot tall Embracing Peace sculpture by Seward Johnson shown at Sarasota, Florida’s beautiful bay front, was cleaned and prepared for the annual Spirit of ‘45 Day on August 14th. This day honors all of our veterans with celebrations that took place around the globe.

Embracing Peace in Royal Oak, Michigan

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The monumental-scale Embracing Peace sculpture was just installed at the site of the future home of the Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial in Royal Oak, Michigan, outside of Detroit.

Abe Arrives in Crown Point, IN

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The 36′ monumental sculpture of Abraham Lincoln talking with the common man about the famous Gettysburg Address, has arrived in the state where our 16th President was born.  The sculpture by Seward Johnson is titled Return Visit.   The 272 word speech, which ran less than three minutes, was delivered in 1863, and is still considered the greatest and most influential statement of national purpose.  This unique and inspirational exhibit will rise above the city at the CP Sportsplex, through to the end of the year (2016).

The people of Crown Point, Indiana also welcomed twelve life-size bronze sculptures with great excitement.  These works are from artist Seward Johnson’s series, “Celebrating the Familiar”, which draws attention to every day activities, and “Icons Revisited”, which highlights famous images from popular culture. Included in the exhibition are the delightful Forever Marilyn, and figures reading poetry books, sharing newspapers, and having conversations.  There is even someone helping keep the streets pristine by tossing out litter.  A favorite Johnson piece titled God Bless America, an homage to painter Grant Wood’s farmer couple (American Gothic) with their notably serious expressions and a pitchfork, can also be seen. The bronze sculptures have been installed throughout downtown Crown Point, between Court and Main, for the “Art In Point” public art project.

After visiting with Marilyn Monroe, look over the shoulder of the woman in Captured, or stroll with the “Ambassador of the Streets” and her dog on the southeast corner of the Historic Crown Point Courthouse. The exhibit will be in beautiful downtown through November 1, 2016.  Don’t miss it!

Forever Marilyn

36,000 pound “Forever Marilyn” sculpture installed at museum in Bendigo, Australia

The three-day process of installing Seward Johnson’s dramatic eight metre high sculpture, Forever Marilyn at the museum in Bendigo, Australia, has concluded and the artwork is now on view to the public.

Crowds of onlookers watched as Forever Marilyn, 25 feet in height, weighing 36,000 pounds (15 tonnes), and made of stainless steel and aluminum was assembled on site with cranes.  The sculpture is based on the iconic photo by Bernard of Hollywood, where a gust of air raises the skirt of Marilyn’s white dress.

This is the first time this world-renowned artwork will be shown outside of the US, having previously been on display in Chicago, New Jersey and in Palm Springs, California. The sculpture is part of American artist Seward Johnson’s Icons Revisited series, which explores why certain images remain a point of focus over decades. Other works in that series include the kissing sailor and nurse from Times Square and – in homage to painter Grant Wood – the Iowan farmers with their pitchfork. An interactive Mona Lisa even makes an appearance in the series, allowing viewers to pose in the frame with her.

The installation of the Marilyn sculpture is a prelude to the exhibition Bendigo Art Gallery and Twentieth Century Fox present, Marilyn Monroe which opens on March 5th at the Bendigo Art Gallery, and will be one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of Marilyn costumes and personal effects ever presented.

The sculpture will be on site where, according to the museum “Passers-by were already gobsmacked by the larger-than-life installation”.

Sculptor, Seward Johnson comments: “Marilyn has come to represent beauty, and the white dress blowing up around her is a type of teasing sensuality. There is something about her pose; the exuberance for life without inhibition – it expresses an uninhibited sense of our own vibrancy.”

 

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