TROY — After an extended stay of nearly 11 months, downtown Troy and the Miami County Courthouse said farewell to the monumental-sized Seward Johnson sculpture “Return Visit ” on Monday.
The Seward Johnson crew arrived in Troy on Monday to begin the de-installation process. The 25-foot-tall bronze sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and a modern-day man had never been exhibited outside of the artist’s retrospective exhibit in New Jersey until it visited downtown Troy, which was the first in the world to receive the larger than life statue for public viewing.
Prior to the sculptures’ departure from Troy, it received a thorough cleaning, compliments of Brian Brothers Painting of Piqua.
The previous sculpture exhibits in 2003, 2005 and 2013 drew thousands of visitors to Troy and had a significant impact on the local economy. The 2015 display did deviate from past exhibits in that it offered one significant sculpture, rather than multiple smaller sculptures. The installation did not disappoint as Abraham Lincoln and the modern man drew in large crowds from all over Ohio and beyond to marvel at, take group pictures, and of course, Lincoln selfies.
This exhibit was on loan from the Sculpture Foundation Inc. and has been 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 and the Miami County Commissioners, Sculptures on the Square is a biannual public art exhibit in historic downtown Troy.
The exhibit re-opened as an exhibit in Crown Point, Ind., and will be on display through Nov. 1.
For more information, call 339-5455 or visit www.sewardjohnson.com.