Embracing Peace is Johnson’s most renowned monumental 25 ft. tall Embracing Peace sculpture. Embracing Peace was inspired by the moment in New York City on V-J Day, August 14, 1945, that captured the jubilance of Americans when the end of world War II was announced. This artwork honors the memory of the past, reminding us of the sacrifice of a nation, and awakening younger generations to the heroic stories of the preceding generations. This sculpture has been featured in various cities across the United States from Florida to California, as well as in Times Square, NYC, Rome, Italy, and Civitavecchia, Italy. A casting of the sculpture has also been on display in Normandy, France, and is currently sited at the Bastogne War Museum in Belguium.
Following an early career as a painter, Seward Johnson, now 88, turned his talents to the medium of sculpture, both life-size and monumental. Since that time, more than 450 of his life-size cast bronze figures have been featured in private collections and museums throughout the world. His passion for detail features an uncanny realism and spontaneity of the original pose, which is often associated with his works of art. He is well-known for recreating life in our times in vividly realistic bronze.
Seward Johnson has been committed to public art throughout his career. He has long been considered one of the most widely recognized sculptors of our time. His impact on the world of sculpture includes the creation of The Johnson Atelier and the founding of Grounds for Sculpture, a 42-acre sculpture park and museum located in Hamilton, NJ. Inducted in 2014 into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, Johnson continues to sculpt increasingly memorable works for public display.
Hours of Admission: Tues.-Sat., 10 am – 5:00 pm, Sun., Noon – 5 pm, closed Monday. Last admission ticket sold at 4 pm. Admission: $12 Adults, $11 Seniors, $8 Children ages 3-12. McKee members and children under 3 free. The last admission ticket is sold at 4 pm. For additional information, please visit www.mckeegarden.org.
This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the State of Florida (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes).
ABOUT MCKEE BOTANICAL GARDEN
McKee Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture and enhance a historic garden in a unique tropical setting for the education, enjoyment and enrichment of all. McKee Botanical Garden is located at 350 US Highway 1 in Vero Beach.
ABOUT THE SEWARD JOHNSON ATELIER, INC.
The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc. was incorporated to promote the appreciation of, and education about, sculpture and public art in general, primarily through the creation, maintenance, sales and public placement of Seward Johnson’s artwork.
David and Barbara McKenna
Photos of Embracing Peace by Seward Johnson © 2004,2005 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc.
Website photos by Pat Rice of JPR Images