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Monday, September 21, 2009

Giant Arms, Legs and Head Head Through St. Louis Today

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 9:15 AM

Love this headline in today's Post-Dispatch: "Trucks carrying giant arms, legs head through St. Louis."

click to enlarge At seventy feet long, "The Awakening" is Seward Johnson's largest sculpture. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • At seventy feet long, "The Awakening" is Seward Johnson's largest sculpture.
The header refers to a very large sculpture that's, uh, headed -- via two flat-bed trucks -- to Chesterfield today.

"The Awakening," by the American sculptor J. Seward Johnson, will be installed in the 'burb with help from Chesterfield Arts, according to the AP story.

"This story is worthless without photos," notes commenter "Lord Dreadlow."

Um, yeah.

But Daily RFT found one. And by the way, it's giant arms, legs and a head that commuters may see coming through the region today...   

J. Seward Johnson works in bronze. - WWW.SEWARDJOHNSON.COM
  • J. Seward Johnson works in bronze.

Johnson's sculptures can be found in public squares throughout the world, including New York's Rockefeller Plaza, Paris' Les Halles and Rome's La Via Condotti.

According to Johnson's website, "Awakening" was selected for the International Sculpture Conference Exhibition in Washington, D.C. in 1980 and drew visitors to Hains Point for almost thirty years before a flood forced its move to the National Harbor.

The "Awakening" coming to Chesterfield is a second casting of the 70-by-17-foot sculpture, not the original.


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