The iconic statue, Embracing Peace, was unveiled at Eno Hall, Simsbury, this morning with members of the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce, Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association, community leaders and sponsors present. This is the final bronze statue in the Simsbury Art Trail completing the thirty-two sculptures in place now through September 15th.
"We are just thrilled to be able to be part of this fantastic Simsbury Chamber endeavor, especially recognizing this moment in history. The symbolism of the sailor and the nurse, both whose roles were so important in the WWII victory, represent such emotion at the end of the war," states Nancy Scheetz, Executive Director of the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association, sponsors of Embracing Peace. Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association sponsored this statue as they celebrate their 110th anniversary in service to the community.
Depicting the Life Magazine photo of a sailor kissing a nurse on V-J Day in Times Square in 1945, the sculpture is the most renowned of the artist Seward Johnson's collection. His desire to highlight the mundane in his Celebrating the Familiar series brings a unique voice to the world of art in public spaces. They have been featured in private collections and museums throughout the world and in such prominent places as Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Pacific Place in Hong Kong, Les Halles in Paris, Via Condotti in Paris, and now Simsbury, CT.
The Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association is a non-profit home health care agency located in Simsbury and serving the greater Farmington Valley, and surrounding towns. For more than 100 years it has been serving the area by providing in home nursing and rehabilitation care, community wellness programs, the Granby Food Bank, home health services and hospice care. The primary focus is on healthy living and illness prevention by in home health support of individuals. For more information on the services provided or volunteer opportunities, call 860-651-3539.