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‘Double Check’ at Zuccotti Park

A member of the Johnson & Johnson health and beauty empire family, J. Seward Johnson is known for his life-size bronze casts of actual people doing ordinary things. A philanthropic over achiever, his sculpture of a business man sitting with his briefcase survived the September 11th attacks covered in debris. Located in the plaza (now called Zuccotti Park) kitty corner from the World Trade Center, the sculpture has become an impromptu tribute to 9/11,  Johnson has called his sculpture an iconic “stand-in” for those who didn’t make it.

His work has met severe criticism, being called “kitsch,” and even “not art” by art critics, for his copies of famous artworks, or usage of technology such as the Maya 3d modeling computer program. He has made bronze casts of paintings such as Manet’s “Dejeuner Sur L’Herbe,”, Rousseau’s “The Dream” and Renoir’s “The Luncheon of the Boating Party.”

Side note: he is also first cousin of actor Michael Douglas.

Who: J. Seward Johnson

What: Double Check

Where: 1 Liberty Plaza, New York, NY

9 Responses to “‘Double Check’ at Zuccotti Park”
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