Capture a slice of Americana during The Plant City Sculpture Exhibit featuring eight “Man on the Street” sculptures such as the iconic sculpture commemorating WWII, “Unconditional Surrender.”

Take a stroll around historic downtown Plant City and McCall Park and you will be delighted to encounter eight “Man on the Street” sculptures. The Plant City Sculpture Exhibit is presented by the Plant City Photo Archives.

The sculptures are on loan from The Sculpture Foundation in Santa Monica, CA. The life-size sculptures depict scenes from everyday American life. They will be on display through July and coincide with the opening of the Plant City Photo Archive’s Smithsonian exhibition, “Journey Stories.”

At the dedication ceremony held on Friday, May 4, in front of the historic Union Station, several distinguished speakers spoke of Plant City, its history and the sculptures. Gil Gott, executive director of the Plant City Photo Archives said, “These statues are pure Americana. They fit in perfectly with the upcoming ‘Journey Stories’.”

Plant City’s Vice Mayor, Bill Dodson said, “Anyone can identify with the sculptures. The exhibit will bring a great deal of pleasure to people who see it.”

Marsha Passmore, president of the Arts Council of Plant City said, “As soon as the idea was presented, the Arts Council met and decided that this is something we wanted to be a part of, and we are so proud to be a part of this exhibit.”

Harrison Covington, a native of Plant City and Professor Emeritus in the College of Arts at the University of South Florida was on hand to do the unveiling. Covington had served in the Asian Pacific Theater during World War II, so it was fitting that he unveiled the iconic statue, “Unconditional Surrender.”

The Plant City Photo Archives are located at 106 South Evers St. in Plant City. Please call 754-1578.

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