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Bronze statues of daily life coming to Troy

By Nancy Bowman Bronze statues of daily life coming to Troy - click to enlarge

TROY— There will be some interesting looking characters hanging out on downtown Troy sidewalks this summer.

And, they are planning to stay through August.

The visitors actually are 20 life-like bronze statues by artist Seward Johnson showing people of all ages engaged in day-to-day activities.

Troy Main Street recently announced the return of the Johnson sculptures and continues to seek sponsors for the statues.

Scheduled for unveiling May 3, the statues will highlight Troy Main Street’s sixth version of Sculptures on the Square.

This will mark the third time Johnson’s statues will be peppered around the downtown area. During past exhibits in 2003 and 2005, it wasn’t unusual to see visitors posing for photos with the statues.

“For the last seven years, Troy residents and businesses have been requesting the return of his work,” said Karin Manovich, Troy Main Street director. “We were fortunate to secure the exhibit in this anniversary year, and are currently seeking sponsors for each of the 20 statues.”

Presented by Troy Main Street in partnership with the city of Troy, the Sculptures on the Square is a bi-annual public exhibit. In addition to the Johnson statues, exhibits have included replicas of WACO airplanes decorated by artists and organizations in celebration of Miami County’s bicentennial in 2007 and in 2009 a juried sculpture exhibit by outdoor artists from Ohio and other states.

The most recent sculptures project was in 2011 when Opening Doors To Troy featured doors decorated by schools, organizations, businesses and local artists, who chose the theme for each door.

Diana Thompson, Miami County Visitors and Convention Bureau executive director, said the Johnson works are “without a doubt” the most popular outdoor exhibit. “Due to the nature and quality of the statues, we will be expecting thousands to visit the area,” she said.

Those visitors will include some of the expected 2,500 participants in the return to Troy in June of GOBA, the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure. Riders will spend two days in town during the June 15-22 bicycle tour.

This year’s exhibit will be on loan from the Sculpture Foundation, Inc. and made possible by a grant from the General Fund of the Troy Foundation. For further information or to be a sponsor, call (937) 339-5455 or visit www.sewardjohnson.com.
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