Seward Johnson Statues Arrive in Stamford

Forever Marilyn, by Seward Johnson in Stamford Downtown
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