Sculptures Return To Plant City

By Kathy Collins

Thanks to the hard work of the Arts Council of Plant City, 10 J. Seward Johnson sculptures have been placed throughout historic downtown Plant City. The sculptures will be on display through Tuesday, March 15.

The sculptures are on loan from the Sculpture Foundation, which arranges for traveling exhibits of the nationally acclaimed artist, J. Seward Johnson. The Arts Council of Plant City had worked on bringing the current display to Plant City for more than a year.

“We are excited the sculptures will be here for the winter,” said Dodie White, president of the Arts Council of Plant City. “Not only will we be able to enjoy them during the holidays, but they will be in town for the Florida Strawberry Festival as well.”

Sculptures created by J. Seward Johnson have been on loan from the Sculpture Foundation before in Plant City. This collection of 10 is entirely new and never before seen in Plant City.

The sculptures can be found at the following locations: Yuck Go Fetch can be found at the Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum; Aftermath can be seen outside Plant City Entertainment; Things To Do is located at the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center; Holier Than Thou can be spotted on the train platform; Oops is in Mural Park; Out of Sight and Holding Out can both be seen in McCall Park; Frequent Flyers are at City Hall; Attic Trophy is outside of the Bruton Memorial Library; and Getting Involved is on the Village Green.

The sculptures are a public art installation that was made possible, not only by the Arts Council of Plant City, but also thanks to many others including the Plant City Chamber of Commerce, the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center, and Hopewell Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens.

The Arts Council of Plant City is hosting a reception and informal tours of the sculptures on Tuesday, February 2 at 6 p.m. The reception will be held at the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center located at 106 S. Evers St. in Plant City. For more information, call 245-2244.