City of Carmel

www.carmel.in.gov                                            One Civic Square, Carmel, IN 46032

NEWS RELEASE

Date:           December 11, 2006
Contact:      Nancy Heck (317) 571-2494


Release:      Immediate

Sculpture Unveiling in Arts & Design District 

Carmel, IN – As part of the “Holiday in the Arts District” festivities, a fifth sculpture by artist J. Seward Johnson, Jr. was unveiled on Saturday December 9th in the Arts & Design District.  The life-like sculpture, entitled “Holding Out,” depicts a woman carrying a bag of groceries in one arm and two additional shopping bags in the other.  The sculpture is located on the sidewalk in front of Joe’s Butcher Shop and Fish Market, on the south side of Main Street between 1st Ave. SW and the Monon Trail.  The most recent addition to the City of Carmel’s collection joins four other life-like bronze sculptures by J. Seward Johnson Jr. located throughout the Arts & Design District.  

J. Seward Johnson Jr., considered to be the “Norman Rockwell of American Sculpture,” applies paint to bronze sculptures giving them a realistic, life-like appearance.  The sculptures are located within close proximity to one another and future additions will also be within walking distance of each other in the Arts & Design District.

Three of the sculptures were paid for by the City of Carmel and one was jointly purchased by the Carmel Economic Development Commission (CEDC) and the Carmel Redevelopment Commission (CRC).  The newest addition, “Holding Out,” will be paid from the Mayor's Art and Culture fund as part of the city's on-going acquisition of Seward Johnson sculptures. 

One percent of the general fund is allocated to the Art and Culture fund to be used for public art initiatives used to create a culturally enriching area and enhance the quality of life of residents in Carmel.

The City of Carmel chose to purchase all sculptures to create a long-lasting “walk-able museum” of public art rather than renting temporary exhibitions like those seen in Indianapolis.  Purchasing pieces of public art is an economic investment that allows Carmel residents and visitors to enjoy the sculptures for years.

“The addition of these realistic sculptures enhances the enjoyment of a visit to the Carmel Arts & Design District. Visitors to the area will be able to discover the sculptures as they shop and dine in the area. Many will stop and have their picture taken with the sculpture to capture the moment. We realize the tremendous impact that the arts have on economic development and are investing in the district to help attract customers and businesses to the area,” said Mayor Jim Brainard.
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