City Center Seward Johnson Sculptures Walking Tour

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Seward Johnson, Between Classes, ©1994 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc., Photo by Ken Ek


MAY 1, 2024 to OCT 15, 2024


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 Seward 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.

Seward was awarded the International Sculpture Center's 2019 Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award and in the same year he and his wife Cecelia Joyce Johnson received the Thomas H. Kean Arts Advocacy Award from the George Street Playhouse. Seward passed away at the age of 89 in March of 2020, but the Atelier continues his legacy, preserving works of art 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 May 1st 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 Ft. Worth, TX; Metuchen, NJ; Mayfair, Philadelphia, PA; Gloucester, VA; 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 New Brunswick Public Sculpture and the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce/CVB for their support of the program.

Be sure to visit for more information on The Seward Johnson Atelier, collections, exhibits, and events.

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!

Photo Contest

Simply POST A SELFIE with one of the sculptures on your Facebook and/or Instagram account and use the hashtags, #NBStatue and #SewardJohnson 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 from May 1st to October 15th at 11:59 PM.

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.


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:

1Between Classes

Bronze; 68 x 35 x 36 in.

392 George Street

Between Classes

Pointing you towards your next class. “I want my work to disappear into the landscape and then take a viewer by surprise. After he gets over the shock of being fooled, it becomes an emotional discovery. Then he owns the sculpture. People often revisit their favorites. They become like friends. - Seward Johnson

Can you tell what classes he's taking by the details?

Seward Johnson, Between Classes, ©1994 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc., Photo by Ken Ek


2Autin's Advanced Artistic Awakening

Bronze; 77 x 33 x 33 in.

75 Bayard Street

Autin's Advanced Artistic Awakening

Autin's Advanced Artistic Awakening exemplifies the philosophy of the "visceral moment." At times part of a larger composition, Johnson invites us to trust our own abilities to perceive and react to art. This is, in Johnson's view, more important than the artist's intent or critic's review.

Seward Johnson, Autin's Advanced Artistic Awakening, ©2013 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc, Photo by Ken Ek


3Relish, Too?

Bronze; 88 x 53 x 43 in.

101 Paterson Street

Relish, Too?

To begin his sculptures, Johnson constructs a maquette, a small-scale three-dimensional model of his idea. It is used to visualize and test shapes and gestures before producing a full-scale
figure. Be sure to notice details on the artwork such as the realistic hot dog cart or his apron. And enjoy something from the local offerings while you are in town.

Seward Johnson, Relish, Too?, ©2013 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc., Photo by Ken Ek


4Waving Girl

Bronze; 82 x 24 x 32 in.

11 Livingston Avenue

Waving Girl

A young woman waves as if to call to you across the way. Is this your first visit to the area?

Seward Johnson, Waving Girl ©1982 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc., Photo by Matt Yao



Bronze; 52 x 72 x 32 in.

344 George Street


This piece was inspired by India Blake Johnson's book of poetry and photography. How does the poem she is reading speak to you? If you were to write a poem, what would inspire you?

Seward Johnson, Captured, ©2013 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc., Photo by Ken Ek



Bronze; 76 x 21 x 45 in.

361 George Street


Do you think his facial expression is a result of an involuntary reaction to concentration, emotion, or nerves? What do you think he is playing? Have you been to a local concert recently?

Seward Johnson, Solo, ©2017 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc., Photo by Ken Ek


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