Mayor Eric Papenfuse will speak at the unveiling of the newly refurbished statue in Kunkel Plaza at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 9.
The sculpture entitled “Waiting”, by artist Seward Johnson, was donated to the city by the John Crain Kunkel Foundation in the early 1990s. After years of wear and tear the statue was shipped to New Jersey in late 2016, where Johnson performed the restoration. The project cost $11,280 and was funded by the Kunkel Foundation.
“We thank the Kunkel Foundation for helping to preserve this wonderful sculpture that is such a vital part of Kunkel Plaza for so many years” said Mayor Papenfuse. “We look forward to having it grace the plaza for decades to come.”
Seward Johnson is a well-known American artist. He has more than 450 life-size cast bronzes sculptures featured in private collections and museums throughout the world. He is known for his work depicting people engaged in everyday activities. According to a description on the website www.sewardjohnsonatelier.org, “Johnson’s desire to highlight the mundane in his Celebrating the Familiar sculpture series has brought a unique voice to the world of art in public spaces.”
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