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


Elkhart County

Northern Indiana Heritage Trail

“God Bless America”
May 2017 – February 2018



Thank you for a great summer!

Quilt Gardens and The Seward Johnson sculpture exhibition, spread beauty through Elkhart County this summer.  Elkhart County will be bidding farewell to most of the sculptures as Quilt Gardens closes down for the year in late October.  They are already in preparations for another colorful summer starting May 30, 2018.

There is a piece of good news:  The God Bless America monumental-scale sculpture will be staying in Central Park in downtown Elkhart until February 2018.  The extended exhibit of this artwork was the result of the overwhelming positive reception to the sculpture by the city and surrounding area.

“We have so enjoyed the many comments and emails that we’ve received from Elkhart County and from visitors to the Quilt Gardens this summer.  Our thanks go out to everyone on the vast team from each town who helped to make this spectacular exhibit a reality,” notes Paula Stoeke, Curator for the Seward Johnson Atelier in Elkhart’s recent press release.

If you missed this exhibit of 56 sculptures, here are some of our favorite pictures.



(Closed October 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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