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Sculptures becoming a popular tourist draw in Plant City’s downtown

Editor’s note: A version of this story appeared earlier in the community sections of The Tampa Tribune.

Ten life-like bronze sculptures on display through Nov. 1 are intended to reflect life in a small town.

They depict folks doing ordinary things: a mom and son petting a bunny on a park bench; a police officer writing a parking ticket; and kids playing tag.

The sculptures are a perfect fit for Plant City’s image, Mayor Rick Lott said.

“They add to our small town charm,” Lott said at a recent dedication ceremony.

Charles Harris, owner of the local Holiday Inn Express and an amateur artist, said the sculptures already are attracting a lot of attention.

“It’s everyday activities that people can relate to. We become a part of his (the artist’s) world,” he said.

The sculptures are on loan from the California-based Sculpture Foundation. The city and other sponsors are paying $12,000 for the temporary display of the works created by artist J. Seward Johnson.

The sculptures are at or near McCall Park, 100 N. Collins St.; historic Union Station, 102 N. Palmer St.; Bruton Memorial Library, 302 N. McLendon St.; and Plant City Photo Archives and History Center, 106 N. Evers St.

A different set of sculptures created by the same artist were on display in downtown for four months in 2012 and proved to be a big draw.

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