Good News for the Jersey Shore: Seward Johnson statues coming in May
More good news: spring weather has finally arrived at the shore, so we can all enjoy the 20 life-size Seward Johnson bronze statues that are coming to Toms River. On May 8, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the arrival of the sculptures, part of a series called “Celebrating the Familiar” to downtown Toms River.
The project is part of the district’s plan to improve the downtown area and to bring outdoor art to the community as part of its Community Arts Project. The statues, depicting people living their day-to-day lives, are on loan from The Seward Johnson Atelier in Hamilton, New Jersey.
On the Celebrating the Familiar section of his website, the artist describes his work in this way: “My art is an imitation of life. [The sculptures] do many things; they can warm up … a park or public space and they invite people to come into that space, so that they don’t feel quite alone. They also make good neighbors — they don’t make a lot of noise.”