King Lear takes a bow at the University of New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

A dramatic deinstallation at the University of New Orleans. King Lear by Seward Johnson takes a bow at the conclusion of the exhibition.

Students said farewell with a candlelight ceremony the night before his departure.

Couples Pucker Up on Valentine’s Day

Key West, Florida

Hundreds of couples in Key West join Embracing Peace to take part in a “kiss in” on Valentine’s Day at The Custom House Art Museum.



The Awakening by Seward Johnson (photo by Violetta Hargitay).

Monumental Shows

Monumental shows to visit this winter.


Elkhart County, Indiana
Northern Indiana Heritage Trail
“God Bless America”
Extended through February 2018

Crown Point, Indiana
“The Tooth”
Extended through February 2018

Peoria, IL
30’ “Return Visit”

Johnson’s Monumental “Return Visit” visits Peoria, Illinois


Johnson’s 30′ tall monumental “Return Visit,” of Abraham Lincoln talking with the modern-day man about the Gettysburg Address, has been installed at the Riverfront Museum in Peoria.

The sculpture’s presence will help anchor an exhibit at the museum launching in February 2018 on the state’s 200th birthday, with exhibits on and words from 200 Illinois citizens.

“Given that Lincoln gave one his most important speeches here in Peoria, it’s a good thing to celebrate him,” PRM President and CEO John Morris says.  “There are a lot of lessons about Lincoln the are still fresh and relevant today.”

The sculpture’s display is also intended as a salute to Peoria public art advocates Harriet Swager and her late husband, architect Gene Swager.

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






Crown Point

“The Tooth”
May 2017 – February 2018

(Life-Scale exhibit is closed)

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.


“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















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!


“Return Visit” will be leaving Chicago on September 18th.  Come by and watch the dynamic deinstallation.

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
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