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Monday, Nov 24, 2014
Plant City Courier

Sculptures add to small town charm. mayor says

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PLANT CITY – Ten bronze sculptures on display in and around downtown through Nov. 1 are a perfect fit for Plant City’s image, Mayor Rick Lott said.

“They add to our small town charm,” Lott said as the works of art were formally dedicated.

The sculptures are already attracting tourists who snap photos and likely stay to shop or eat in Plant City, officials said at the dedication ceremony.

“It brings people to downtown that may not have been here before,” said Marion Smith, president of the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce.

Charles Harris, owner of the local Holiday Inn Express and an amateur artist, said the sculptures reflect ordinary life, including one depicting a mother and son sitting on a park bench petting a bunny and another of children playing tag.

“It’s everyday activities that people can relate to. We become a part of his (the artist’s) world,” he said.

The sculptures are on loan from the California-based Sculpture Foundation. The city and other sponsors are paying $12,000 for the temporary display of the sculptures created by artist J. Seward Johnson.

The sculptures are located at or near McCall Park, 100 N. Collins St.; historic Union Station, 102 N. Palmer St.; Bruton Memorial Library, 302 N. McLendon St.; and the archives and history center, 106 N. Evers St.

A different set of sculptures created by the same artist were on display in downtown in 2012 and proved to be a big tourist draw.

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