As part of the annual summer 2019 arts event, iconic Seward Johnson life-size works of art were place throughout Main Street. A total of 10 bronze-cast statues by Johnson were part of a summer-long public art exhibit.
Internationally recognized, Johnson started his early career as a painter before turning his talents to the medium of sculpture. 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.
Johnson initially became widely known for his sculptures depicting people engaged in everyday activities. Johnson’s desire to highlight the mundane in his “Celebrating the Familiar” sculpture series has brought a unique voice to the world of art in public spaces.
As part of their public art investments, the Cook Foundation has purchased one of these sculptures “Inner World, Outer World” for a permanent location at the Tabb House corner on Main Street. Look for his copy of the newspaper, our very own Gloucester Mathews Gazette Journal!