Sculptures on display

We visited Troy, Ohio, yesterday to view an amazing array of sculptures that are on display in the downtown area.  This display is from The Sculpture Foundation, and features work by the artist Seward Johnson.  Here are a few of my favorites…

Sidewalk Judge

This is called “Sidewalk Judge”.  I wanted to show him in the place he is on display, which is just perfect. Sitting on a bench, looking at the street, maybe thinking of what kind of work he used to do, maybe he was really a judge and misses that.  

These sculptures are so life like.  We saw some people on another bench and I thought it was yet another display, but my hubby saw them move…so we left them alone. 

Bunnies don't bite

Down the street from the Sidewalk Judge you can see this lovely little scene, called “Bunnies Don’t Bite”. The little boy has a brush in his hand and is learning about bunnies from this kind lady.

Photo shoot

This one is called “Photo Shoot”.  That woman in the pink top on the right is real…but the family on the left is the sculpture.  I wanted you to get a sense of the scale of these.  You can learn more about the artist and his work by clicking on those links at the top of this post.  It’s a good read and worth your time.

What kind of camera is that?

Of course, I wanted to know what kind of camera the dad is using.  Looks to me like he covered up the name of the camera with black tape for security reasons.

Can you see the details on his hands?  

I have a couple more of these that I will share over the next couple of days.

Hope you all have a fabulous Monday!

8 Comments

  1. What fun subjects to play with. I bet there's a lot of posing "with" going on around here. Once I read a good way to get better at taking people shots, especially if that's out of comfort zone is to practice with life like statues.
    Cool post.

  2. I remember years ago, visiting my father in Las Vegas (where I grew up and he still lived), and his excitement in showing me a series of Sewell Johnson sculptures that had been installed there. They were finished in bronze, rather than lifelike colors like these, but their realism was astonishing. It was as if real people had been frozen and dipped in metal. It was really fun to see these.

  3. Wonderful and beautifully unexpected, to experience these life-like sculptures in places where they could actually take place. I had the good fortune to visit the Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey last year, where there are a great number of Johnson's tableaus based on famous paintings – it was quite spectacular and quite an experience.

  4. Ah, these are amazing, what a find. It made me smile that you thought the real people on a bench were another of these sculptures. An easy mistake when these are so realistic.

  5. These are amazing sculptures. I love how they are positioned in day to day life. Not captured in a room at a gallery, but out where the world will see them, as they reflect the world back to us. Wonderful!

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