2013 represents the third time the sculptures of Seward Johnson have been exhibited in downtown Troy. Thousands of visitors were drawn to Troy in 2003 and 2005 when Seward Johnson’s statues first appeared in Sculptures on the Square.
“Downtown Troy is the perfect backdrop for Seward Johnson’s artistry,” notes Karin Manovich, director of Troy Main Street. “Troy is the quintessential Americana town, and the statues seem to blend in perfectly with the streetscape. We invite visitors to appreciate our historic architecture, picturesque downtown, and quaint shops as they try to differentiate between the statues and the live citizens on the street”.
Brochures are available for self-guided walking tours of the outdoor exhibit in most downtown businesses, through Troy Main Street, Inc. and through the Miami County Visitors Bureau.
Visitors to Troy’s downtown this summer can also take advantage of free outdoor summer concerts in the square, a Saturday morning farmers market, interesting shops, museums, galleries, and award-winning restaurants. “Our desire is to provide an exhibit that allows Troy to celebrate its appreciation of public art with our community, our region, and the world” says Diana Thompson, chairperson of the Sculptures on the Square Committee. Troy, Ohio was named one of Ohio Magazines “Best Hometowns” due, in part, to its commitment to the arts by offering a variety of free cultural events and quality exhibits to residents and visitors.
The 2013 Sculptures on the Square will permanently honor one of Troy’s own internationally acclaimed artists-- Aka Pereyma. A permanent logo for Sculptures on the Square was developed to honor the Ukrainian-born artist and was inspired by her own public art—a downtown mural.
This exhibit is on loan from the Sculpture Foundation, Inc. and is made possible by a grant from the General Fund of the Troy Foundation. Presented by Troy Main Street in partnership with the City of Troy, Sculptures on the Square is a bi-annual public art exhibit in historic downtown Troy. For further information, call 937-339-5455.