OCL supports public art in Toms River

Several members of the Ocean County Library Foundation were present for the unveiling of Seward Johnson’s 20 sculptures Friday. Here they are gathered around “Out of Sight,” one of two pieces on display at the Toms River branch.

Several members of the Ocean County Library Foundation were present for the unveiling of Seward Johnson’s 20 sculptures Friday. Here they are gathered around “Out of Sight,” one of two pieces on display at the Toms River branch.

The Toms River Business Development Corporation unveiled 20 sculptures by Seward Johnson this afternoon in the municipal courtyard, 33 Washington Street.

The outdoor sculptures are located throughout the downtown area.

“This extraordinary collection of Seward Johnson’s works, with it whimsical and realistic life-sized characters, will grace our streets throughout the summer,” according to a brochure by the Downtown Toms River Community Art Project.

The project was first proposed by Marshall Kern, implemented by countless volunteers and made possible by several sponsors, including the Ocean County Library Foundation.

The library and its foundation has long been a sponsor of public art with many exhibitions displayed at the headquarters branch and its 20 other locations.

A second sculpture, “No Mommy, That One” graces the lawn in front of the Toms River library branch.

A second sculpture, “No Mommy, That One” graces the lawn in front of the Toms River library branch.

The sculptures are so lifelike that one can be excused for imagining Toms River mayor Tom Kelaher  advising “Monet, Our Visiting Artist” on a landscape he is painting.

The sculptures are so lifelike that one can be excused for imagining Toms River mayor Tom Kelaher advising “Monet, Our Visiting Artist” on a landscape he is painting.

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