Simple Pleasures Come to Life with Simsbury: Art Trail


Simple Pleasures Come to Life with Simsbury: Art Trail

Simsbury is full of simple pleasures that all of its residents have enjoyed, from playing with friends as a kid, to greeting the mailman, from taking a walk, to buying a hotdog at a hotdog stand. The Simsbury Chamber of Commerce is celebrating these little things in an extraordinary way with the first ever town wide exhibit - Life In Simsbury: A Public Art Trail. The works of internationally renowned sculpture artist Seward Johnson will be on display from May 15 through September 15, 2018.

The first statue, a mailman statue titled "Special Delivery," arrived on Thursday, September 7th as a sneak peek of Johnson's work. It is on display at Fitzgerald's Foods located at 710 Hopmeadow St.

"Our vision is to display his life-sized and larger statues in a public art walking and biking trail throughout town and attract out-of-town visitors to come enjoy them and frequent our local businesses," said Lisa Gray, Executive Director of the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce.

Life In Simsbury: A Public Art Trail will consist of 20 pieces that will be placed in various locations throughout Simsbury, particularly in the downtown area. There will also be special events throughout the four months of the exhibit, including an Opening Ceremony/Sponsor Breakfast, Garden Party, and Closing Ceremony cocktail reception.

"This will undoubtedly be one of the town's most successful, attractive, and enjoyable projects!" Gray promises. "The level of detail in these life-like creations is incredible and sure to spark lots of attention."

The Simsbury Chamber is seeking sponsors for this massive outdoor exhibit. Sponsorships of all levels are available, from the $150 Patron level up to $10,000 Premier Sponsorship level. Businesses and organizations are also welcomed to sponsor a specific statue.

Seward Johnson is an artist, an advocate for the arts, and a philanthropist. His "Celebrating the Familiar" series was first exhibited in 1992 at the New Jersey State Fairgrounds, which he believed would attract people who didn't like traditional museums. Johnson is the grandson of Johnson & Johnson co-founder Robert Wood Johnson. At age 38, his wife encouraged him to try sculpting, and his first sculpture, "Stainless Girl," won a national contest sponsored by U.S. Steel. Johnson's "Celebrating the Familiar" series consists of painted bronze people doing ordinary things in daily life. The sculptures celebrate Americans being Americans, and they can be found in plazas and parks across the country, as well as in Italy and China. Johnson was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2013. His works can be found at

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