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Sculptures exhibit ends four-month downtown run

PLANT CITY - If it seems something is missing from downtown, it's not your imagination. A traveling exhibit featuring eight life-size bronze sculptures was removed Sept. 4 after a little more than four months. The sculptures will be refurbished at artist J. Seward Johnson's New Jersey studio before being shipped to other cities. Johnson's sculptures were a big hit from the day they arrived May 1. "You'd see people hanging on them and taking pictures with them, especially on the weekends," said Leo "Punk" Watson, of the ART Lounge Gallery artist cooperative.
The Plant City Photo Archives and History Center arranged for the sculptures to be displayed in Plant City at the suggestion of Myrle Henry, who had seen them on display on the University of Florida campus. Henry and photo archives Executive Director Gil Gott worked to raise the $20,000 needed to pay for the temporary exhibit, advertising and other expenses. The sculptures, which depict such iconic scenes as the sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square at the end of World War II, will be missed, Gott said. "We've already had people coming into our office asking where they are," he said as the moving van prepared to hit the road. "People are missing them already."

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