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City Center Seward Johnson Sculptures Walking Tour

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Seward Johnson, Keep Life in Balance, ©2019 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc., Photo by Ken Ek

When:

AUG 15, 2022 to OCT 15, 2022
- Opening Ceremony: August 15 at 11 AM at 375 George Street

Where:

New Brunswick City Center
New Brunswick, NJ

Outdoor Sculptures in New Brunswick's City Center!

Seward Johnson was a New Brunswick native, visionary, artist, and philanthropist that established an international community of artists with the Johnson Atelier in Hamilton, NJ, later going on to create Grounds For Sculpture, a 42-acre nonprofit sculpture park, museum, and arboretum on the site of the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds.

A recipient of the International Sculpture Center's 2019 Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, Seward passed away at the age of 89 in March of 2020, but the Atelier continues his legacy, producing and preserving works of art and design while creating cultural experiences and expanding artistic possibility.

New Brunswick's city center is thrilled to be hosting several sculptures from the renowned artist, Seward Johnson on display along George Street, from August 15th to October 15th. While on display, the public is encouraged to take a self-guided walking tour of the sculpture pieces to see for themselves and share photos on social media for a chance to win gift cards to New Brunswick's favorite shops & restaurants!

Johnson's unique artworks are extremely famous and have been shown throughout cities within the United States and worldwide. Seward's work is featured in collections worldwide with select exhibitions in Plant City, FL; Elkhart, IN; Old Westbury Gardens, NY; Wildwood, NJ and New Brunswick, NJ! We are honored to have his art grace our streets and look forward to hosting their beauty this season! Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy the art of Seward Johnson throughout the City Center!

We would also like to thank the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce/CVB for their support of the program. 

Experience the Walking Tour

Our tour is a self-guided, exploration of Seward's sculptures along the George Street corridor. The tour is designed in a sequence that travels from north to south but can be started at any location, or navigated in reverse order. See the Digital Map at the bottom of the page!

Opening Ceremony

A collaboration between the Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc., New Brunswick Public Sculpture, and New Brunswick City Center will host an Opening Ceremony, to be held on Monday, August 15 at 11 AM - 375 George Street. Mayor Cahill will assist with the unveiling, along with staff and public representatives who have made this event possible. The public is welcome.

Contesting

Photo Contest

Simply POST A SELFIE with one of the sculptures along George Street on your Facebook and/or Instagram account and use the hashtag -#NBStatue - in your post, and you'll be in the running to win a Gift Card to local New Brunswick shops & restaurants, valued between $25 - $100!

  • Entries will be accepted between August 15th to September 30th at 11:59 PM.

Scavenger Hunt

Details Coming Soon.

Fun Facts About Seward Johnson

  • Born in New Brunswick on April 16, 1930.
  • His favorite drink is Tito's on Ice.
  • He was a grandson of Robert Wood Johnson I, the co-founder of Johnson & Johnson.

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Looking for Parking? New Brunswick Parking Authority offers several parking garages and on-street metered parking to get you close to every venue in town. Use the ParkMobile App to reserve & pay on the go, wirelessly.

Sculpture Tour:

1Keep Life in Balance

Aluminum and Stainless Steel; 68 x 70 x 36 in.

396 George Street

Keep Life in Balance

"Keep Life in Balance" is Seward's interpretation of a quote by Albert Einstein: "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving."

The sculpture presents a whimsical Einstein cruising on his bike in the summer sun.

Insights and Observations

Even the best of physicists can forget how to ride a bike. The quest to define relativity must have made him lose his balance.


Seward Johnson, Keep Life in Balance, ©2019 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc., Photo by Ken Ek

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2No Way!

Bronze; 74 x 90 x 45 in.

368 George Street

No Way!

This life-like sculpture of men playing chess on George Street is sure to turn heads and make you want to join in the next game - or at least stop for a photo op.

Insights and Observations

Can you foresee who will win based on how the pieces are placed on the board?


Seward Johnson, No Way!, ©2013 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc., Photo by Ken Ek

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3A Memorable Date

Bronze; 72 x 36 x 32 in.

365 George Street

A Memorable Date

Seward Johnson's "A Memorable Date" created in 2010 depicts a couple in a passionate embrace. The sculpture is a strong example of life's memorable moments,

Insights and Observations

A tour of the Seward Johnson exhibition in town followed by a trip to Grounds For Sculpture makes for a date to remember! What are your favorite ways to celebrate your relationships?


Seward Johnson, A Memorable Date, ©2010 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc., Photo by Ken Ek

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4Ambassador of the Streets

Bronze; 66 x 52 x 30 in.

335 George Street

Ambassador of the Streets

This sculpture celebrates the familiar as Seward's "Ambassador of the Streets" strolls down the sidewalk on George Street with her dog who is distracted by something he smells on the street.

Insights and Observations

What do you think the title of this piece alludes to? Does the dog walker's facial expression convey any insight?


Seward Johnson, Ambassador of the Streets, ©1993 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc., Photo by Ken Ek

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5Holding Out

Bronze; 65 x 27 x 28 in.

7 Livingston Avenue

Holding Out

This sculpture of a woman carrying shopping bags is so realistic, you could easily mistake her for a fellow shopper while strolling down the bustling City Center sidewalk.

Insights and Observations

Spaghetti, bread, eggs, Parmesan cheese - what shall we have for dinner tonight? What else do you see in her bag? What do you think the title of this piece means?


Seward Johnson, Holding Out, ©1987 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc., Photo by Ken Ek

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6Down To Earth

Bronze; 26 x 44 x 24 in.

2 Livingston Avenue

Down To Earth

"Down to Earth" portrays the simple pleasures of life like gardening, while surprising the viewer with its location in Monument Square Park.

Insights and Observations

This gardener kneels to ready the ground for plantings.  What would you like to plant here? What do you think plants and flowers bring to a space?


Seward Johnson, Down to Earth, ©1989 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc., Photo by Ken Ek

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