Have you ever heard the name Seward Johnson? If you don’t know the name, you probably recognize his work. Once you see works by Seward Johnson, you start looking for them all around the world. They are memorable and make for great photos.
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Finding Seward Johnson Exhibits
God Bless America
The Monumental Series of sculptures gives people the opportunity to explore how oversize scale impacts the emotions and feelings when people see the exhibits. These sculptures are often on the move. This summer we were able to see the massive “God Bless America” sculpture that is on display in front of the Peoria Riverfront Museum.
Inspired by Grant Wood’s iconic painting “American Gothic,” the 25 foot tall, 32,000 lb farmers are currently on display in Peoria, Illinois.
“I enjoy the play of scale in the environment. It makes the buildings and the people take a second look at their importance.” – Seward Johnson
The sculptures are massive but the details are impressive.
The Awakening: National Harbor
When visiting the National Harbor right outside Washington, DC, we were able to see and enjoy “the Awakening”. This monumental- scale public artwork The Awakening shows a giant, emerging from the earth (70 feet wide and l7 feet tall)
If you spend some time exploring the National Harbor area, you will see other Seward Johnson sculptures as well. Recognize these iconic pieces of art?
About Seward Johnson:
Following an early career as a painter, Seward Johnson turned his talents to the medium of sculpture. Since then, more than 450 of Johnson’s life-size cast bronze figures have been featured in private collections and museums in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, as well as prominent places in the public realm such as Times Square and Rockefeller Center in New York City, Pacific Place of Hong Kong, Les Halles in Paris, and Via Condotti in Rome.
See where Seward Johnson exhibitions are currently on display.
Have you ever found any Seward Johnson exhibits when you are out traveling? What’s your favorite?