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Walk-n-Wander Warsaw Art of Seward Johnson

LOGO WalkNWander no background (600 x 436)_thumb.jpg The summer of 2014 is proving to be a vibrant one for downtown Warsaw. Not only are the streets teeming with visitors for our monthly First Friday events, but life-like bronze statues are on display throughout the Downtown through September 28.

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The City of Warsaw and Lakeland Art Association are pleased to present "Walk-n-Wander Warsaw" The Art of Seward Johnson during June, July, August and September, 2014.  Explore bronze sculptures by Seward Johnson during a free public art exhibit in Downtown Warsaw. Grab a map and hit the sidewalks to discover all of the life-size sculptures. This will be an interactive exhibit, so touch, photograph, and interact with the sculptures!

There will be 16 sculptures located around Downtown Warsaw. All who see them are sure to experience a memorable time interacting with each of the unique sculptures and gaining an appreciation for Seward Johnson’s sense of humor and his affection for people.

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Having been the first to commit to personally sponsor a sculpture, Kosciusko County Community Foundation executive director Suzie Light stated, “Steve and I are happy to support the effort to bring sculpture to the Warsaw area. In my life, art has given me the opportunity to transcend time and place and be where the artist was and see what he or she saw. It’s exciting that Warsaw is doing something unusual to engage the community in artistic celebration.”

Jack Moore, CenturyLink market development manager, commented, “CenturyLink is proud to support the Seward Johnson Exhibit.  What a wonderful way to celebrate the arts and Warsaw’s outstanding downtown!”

The Kosciusko County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Warsaw Community Development Corporation, and Warsaw-Kosciusko County Chamber of Commerce are also supporters of this project.  Brochures with maps will be available  in most downtown businesses for the self-guided walking tour of this outdoor exhibit, and also at City Hall, Warsaw-Kosciusko County Chamber of Commerce, Kosciusko County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Lakeland Art Gallery.

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After an early career as a painter, Seward Johnson turned his talents to the medium of sculpture in 1968. These life-sized figures depict people engaged in everyday activities. These sculptures have brought a unique voice to the world of public art, encouraging conversation and turning heads wherever they appear.

In the artist's words: "What I’m trying to do is draw attention to the simple pleasures, to show how much fun life is. That’s why there are so many humorous details in my work."  By capturing human gesture in bronze, Seward Johnson creates a sculptural experience that everyone can enjoy.
                                   
                                                

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About the Artist:  Seward Johnson is an American artist widely recognized for his life-size statues, which are castings of living people of all ages depicting them engaged in day-to-day activities. The realism of the textures and details is the hallmark of Johnson's art, and this detailing is achieved with hours of intense labor. Their routine poses make them a novel yet natural selection for a public art display in a setting such as the sidewalks of historic downtown Warsaw. Additional details about Johnson’s work can be found at www.sewardjohnson.com.

About the Foundation:  The sculptures will be on loan from The Sculpture Foundation, Inc., a private operating foundation dedicated to providing exhibitions and contemporary landmark public artworks for a broad range of communities, including urban centers, small towns, universities, regional parks, museums, and cultural institutions. World-renowned American artist Seward Johnson recreates life in vividly realistic bronze. With more than 350 of his bronze figures featured in private collections and museums in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia, Johnson is well-known for the many sculptures located in public places, including Rockefeller Center, Pacific Place, Hong Kong, Les Halles in Paris, and Via Condotti in Rome.
 Questions:
Darla McCammon, Lakeland Art Association, (574) 
Michelle Bormet, City of Warsaw, (574) 372-9595


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