Seward Johnson Statues Arrive in Stamford

Forever Marilyn, by Seward Johnson
Forever Marilyn, by Seward Johnson

Passersby on Greyrock Place downtown Tuesday near the Town Center mall were met with a strange sight — more than 30 life-size statues sitting in an empty grass lot.

The bronze statues by sculptor Seward Johnson —including a soldier embracing his daughter, a man reading a newspaper, a woman reading a book on a bench and a trio of mariachis — will be placed around the city as part of the Downtown Special Services district’s annual summer art display.

The display’s big showpiece, “Forever Marilyn,” a 26-foot, 30,000-pound Marilyn Monroe sculpture that will make its summer home in Latham Park - being trucked over separately, with installation beginning June 4.

Stamford residents may be familiar with Johnson’s work from his exhibitions in 1996, 1997, 2002 and 2008. And a permanent sculpture “Uninvited Advice” is on view, and part of the city’s art collection, in Columbus Park. It was purchased by DSSD as a gift to the city in 1998.

The works are on temporary loan from the Seward Johnson Atelier, a not-for-profit entity that encourages the placement and sharing of public art.

The exhibition will kick off with an opening night celebration from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on June 6 at the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St. Trolley tours are set to run throughout the evening, offering guests a chance to view many of the sculptures.

For more information and tickets for the opening party, visit http://stamford-downtown.com/events/timeless-the-works-of-seward-johnson