The sculpture sensation that swept across Simsbury, Connecticut last summer will make its highly-anticipated return in 2020. The Simsbury Chamber of Commerce Art Trail will once again delight visitors with over 30 lifelike bronze sculptures depicting people doing everyday activities placed outdoors throughout town. The works of internationally-renowned sculpture artist Seward Johnson will be on display from May 15 through September 20, 2020.
The Simsbury Chamber of Commerce is bringing the Art Trail back to highlight the town’s 350th Anniversary celebration. A special sneak peek unveiling of the first sculpture will take place in front of Fitzgerald’s Foods, located at 710 Hopmeadow Street on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 5:30 p.m., followed by a wine tasting fundraiser at the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce Office across the parking lot. Tickets are $25 per person and can be reserved by calling (860) 651-7307, emailing info@Simsburycoc.org or visiting the Event Calendar on www.simsburycoc.org. Please mail a check to SCOC at P. O. Box 224, Simsbury, 06070
Additional events are scheduled throughout the four months of the exhibit, including an Opening Ceremony/Champagne breakfast on May 15 at The Simsbury Inn, a Garden Party and Closing Ceremony cocktail reception.
“When we brought the Art Trail to Simsbury, we could not have imagined a more sensational and memorable event.” said Lisa Gray, Executive Director of the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce. “Thousands of people traveled from all across the U. S. and the tri-state area in order to visit these sculptures.”
Gray notes that word spread quickly through photos and selfies people posted posing with the sculptures that caused many passersby to do a double take. A “Sculpture Look-Alike” photo contest hosted by the Chamber drew hundreds of entries. Visitors also discovered the stunning figures up close and personal through guided walking and bike tours.
Members of the local business community were also fervent supporters of the art installation and have already fully committed to sponsoring over 30 of the sculptures.
“We cannot fully express our gratitude to our sponsors that made the previous Art Trail so successful and have already generously contributed to this next initiative,” said Gray. “Although it is too late to sponsor a sculpture, many other marketing opportunities are available, and donations will be gratefully accepted to fund this beloved community project that is entirely self-supporting.”
Gray hints at new surprises for returning guests who can view pieces as far south as Anthology of Simsbury and as far north as the Tariffville Green. “A brand-new piece that the artist is just now finishing up will make its international debut here in town and will be hosted at Anthology of Simsbury.”
Visit www.simsburyarttrail.com for more information about the event.