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Summer of Sculpture

Uninvited Advice by Seward Johnson 1992 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc.
Uninvited Advice by Seward Johnson 1992 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc. crop

Summer Festival

Summer of Sculpture

Summer of Sculpture featuring Seward Johnson’s “Celebrating the Familiar” exhibit from June 22–September 7.

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June 22–September 7

The gardens often reach their most lush and beautiful state during our summer festival! Summer at the Arboretum might surprise you. Our gardens remain lush, green and happy, full of entrancing beauty.

Thousands of feet of misters, a host of beautiful water features and hundreds of shade trees combine to offer a cooling experience that makes the garden all the more stunning. Whether you want to get outside with the family for a picnic or enjoy an amazing concert set against sunset over White Rock Lake, you’ll find a wonderful way to spend the day at the Arboretum during the summer.

Event Overview

Celebrating the Familiar

June 22–September 7

The Dallas Arboretum debuts artist Seward Johnson’s “Celebrating the Familiar” exhibit, supported in part by the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, a collection of 25 sculptures throughout the garden as our summer exhibition. Following a career as a painter, Johnson began sculpting. Now, more than 450 of his life-size cast bronze sculptures are part of museums around the world and in private collections, as well as in Times Square and Rockefeller Center in New York City, Les Halles in Paris and Via Condotti in Rome.

Johnson’s first sculpture, Stainless Girl, won the grand prize in the U.S. Steel Design in Steel Competition. Later, his realistic bronze works won him accolades across the globe. His sculptures of people performing familiar tasks in an ordinary life were created to celebrate the great value in everyday activities, and to encourage taking a moment to savor them. Johnson’s goal was not to just create people performing routine tasks, but also to celebrate the familiar and to recognize the great value within. These familiar tasks are part of what makes us human and connects us to others.

Who’s in Charge by Seward Johnson ©1991 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc.
Who’s in Charge by Seward Johnson ©1991 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc.

View the Sculptures

A Little to the Right by Seward Johnson 1985 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc.
Crossing Paths by Seward Johnson ©1988 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc.
Gotcha! by Seward Johnson ©1993 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc.
Los Mariachis by Seward Johnson ©1994 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc.

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