Seward Johnson sculpture removed for safekeeping

Seward Johnson, Keep Life in Balance, ©2019 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc., Photo by Ken Ek

GOSHEN, Ind. -- The Seward Johnson Sculpture has been removed from Abshire Park for safekeeping after the artwork was damaged by vandals last week.

On Thursday morning, Goshen Police were called after someone discovered the art sculpture had been damaged.

The life-sized sculpture depicts a man on a bike and is titled, "Keep Life in Balance."

The Elkhart County CVB says they are working with police in hopes the suspects can be identified.

“The Elkhart County CVB is deeply saddened by the recent incident of vandalism on a Seward Johnson sculpture in Abshire Park in Goshen. We are working with the authorities in the hope that the culprits can be identified, and the community can receive justice in this incident. Public art is extremely important to the Elkhart County community. The Elkhart County CVB will work with authorities on all reasonable efforts to safeguard the nearly 100 works of public art that we manage, from sculptures to Quilt Gardens and Quilt Murals," said Jon Hunsberger, CDME, executive director of the Elkhart County CVB. “Vandalism of public art is an attack on all of us in Elkhart County. While the piece that was damaged is valued at $160,000, it’s just as important to remember the emotional value we invest as residents in how public art animates public spaces and brings joy to our daily lives. Public art reminds us that Elkhart County residents bring to life many beautifully hand-crafted, valuable, and practical items into existence. That is what makes our community special and what people will remember about Elkhart County.”

Goshen Police are investigating the incident. If you have any information email tips to police@goshencity.com or call 574-533-4151.

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