The Awakening was unveiled on October 10, 2009 and added to the permanent outdoor art collection of Chesterfield Arts. This monumental sculpture, measuring 70 feet in length and 17 feet at its tallest point was first cast by sculptor Seward Johnson in 1980 for a sculpture exhibition in Washington, D.C. This second casting is a permanent addition to the Chesterfield landscape.
Chesterfield Arts unveiled a "giant" of a sculpture on October 10, 2009 called "The Awakening." The 4,700 pound, five-part, cast-aluminum piece was warmly welcomed by several thousand visitors at its unveiling event on October 10, 2009. Attending was The Awakening's creator, sculptor Seward Johnson from Nantucket, RI, Mayor John Nations of Chesterfield, MO, members of the Chesterfield Arts Board of Directors, and Chesterfield residents of all ages. A musical parade led by world percussion ensemble JOIA helped initiate the big moment. Visitors also enjoyed a variety of hands-on art activities, including a 3D flag sculpture led by the National Charity League, in which participants signed their names to the "My Awakening" sunset mural created on a St. Louis Arts-in-Transit Metro bus.
Chesterfield Arts would like to extend a special thank you to all the sponsors who made this event possible and the many volunteers who worked to make this event such a huge success!
Photos courtesy of Stacey Morse, Maurice L. Hirsch, Jr., Jeff Hirsch, Marian Hirsch & Inga Mockapetris
On Friday, October 9, 2009, St. Louis Public Radio 90.7 KWMU presented a live broadcast interview with Seward Johnson, Paula Stoeke and Stacey Morse at the West County Family YMCA. Check out the photo highlights below!
The arrival of The Awakening created quite a buzz! Check out fun, local news stories from KMOV Channel 4 and Fox 2 News. Watch video 1. Watch video 2. Watch video 3. See the newest piece from KSDK Channel 5! Watch NEW Video. Also, see what print media has been saying about "the giant": read the story from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Read the story from the Suburban Journal. Plus, there are lots of great pictures of The Awakening's installation! Photos from the Post-Dispatch. Photos from West Newsmagazine. Photos KSDK Channel 5.
Special thanks to The Awakening and Community Unveiling Event major contributors: