CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Borough must say farewell to Seward Johnson’s “The Search,” a life-scale bronze of a woman on a bench searching through her purse.
The sculpture was brought in by the Public Arts Council in 2010 on loan from The Sculpture Foundation, a not for profit entity that encourages the placement and sharing of art in the public realm. “The Search” is scheduled to be picked up late October to be prepared for a special Seward Johnson career retrospective exhibition in 2014.
Since the sculptures’ installations, the Public Arts Council continues to receive positive feedback from the public. Children are often seen engaging with the sculptures and small offerings, such as notes, flowers and even a hat, have been left by community members.
The Sculpture Foundation has agreed to a one-year loan extension for the two remaining sculptures: Seward Johnson’s “Attic Trophy” a life-scale bronze girl with hula-hoop and Richard Jolley’s “Crescent,”a larger-than-life bronze head reminiscent of the “Man in the Moon.” The Sculpture Foundation’s Director, Paula Stoeke, notes “We celebrate Chatham Borough’s Public Arts Council’s commitment to the arts and encourage everyone to come down to visit the sculptures.”
The 2009 installation of “Attic Trophy,” located to the west of the Library of the Chathams, was made possible by a grant from Investor’s Savings Bank, located at 169 Main Street in Chatham, and a donation of moving services by Westy Storage Centers, located at 15 River Road in Chatham. “Attic Trophy” helped Chatham Borough win the 2009 Morris County McFlower Award.
The later installations of “The Search” and “Crescent” were made possible by grants from HSBC Bank, located at 407 Main Street in Chatham, and donations of moving services by Westy Storage Centers, located at 15 River Road in Chatham. "Crescent” is located in The Public Art Council’s Commuter’s Oasis in Chatham’s train station parking lot.
The career retrospective exhibition to honor internationally renowned American sculptor Seward Johnson will be unveiled at the 42-acre Grounds For Sculpture art park in Hamilton in May 2014.
This will be the largest and most spectacular exhibition in the park’s history. The exhibit of more than 100 works, including the notable towering 26-foot, 36,000 pound, Marilyn Monroe from his Icons Revisited series, will be on display through Sept. 21. For updates see www.SJ2014.org.