located at Oakland's Mansion

Seward Johnson always encouraged people to find their creativity outdoors. What do you think he’s sketching? Does being outside change how you create?

located on the Square near Shacklett's

Created as an homage to Claude Monet (1840-1926) painting “Terrace at Sainte-Adresse,” this sculpture was originally entitled “Copyright Violation.”  The bronze figure has since been shown "painting" other inspired scenes in an "art imitating art imitating life" scenario. Here in Murfreesboro, Monet captures a scene of the courthouse and vibrant downtown.

located at Discovery Center at Murfree Spring

Seward Johnson believed in celebrating the little things, little things worth commemorating in a sculpture, like enriching friendships or playing with food. Are there little things that you celebrate?

Sidewalk Concert
located at The Center For The Arts

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? Did you know that the face on the money in the case is of the artist?

Dance Prompt from Outlet Dance Project - Dance Within the Space of a Single Sidewalk Square. What freedoms can be found in self-imposed restrictions? How does the body respond to borders? What role does time play when we consider smaller spaces...does duration affect our comfort when our ability to expand beyond boundaries is limited? How are we affected by the many lives that have stepped into these squares before us?

Weekend Painter
located at the Linebaugh Public Library

Fun fact: All Seward Johnson sculptures start as an 18 inch plasteline maquette with metal armature. The figure is then enlarged to life size.

Notes the artist: “I’ve chosen to sculpt “real life” because in our busy society – filled with so much technology and idle distraction….the human spirit triumphs, if only for moments in a day.  I try to have my work call attention to those moments.”

Seward Johnson, Creating, ©1981The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc., Photo by MattYao
Seward Johnson, Monet, Our Visiting Artist, ©2003The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc., Photo by Matt Yao
Seward Johnson, No Hands, ©1987 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc., Photo by KenEk
Seward Johnson, Sidewalk Concert, ©1992The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc., Photo by Matt Yao
Seward Johnson, Weekend Painter, ©1994The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc. Photo by David W. Steele

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