The Awakening

Seward Johnson

The Awakening

Measuring 70 feet in length and 17 feet at its tallest point, this gentle giant is a favorite place to snap a photo by visitors from St. Louis and beyond. The Awakening was first cast by sculptor Seward Johnson in 1980 for a sculpture exhibition in Washington D.C. Chesterfield Arts was commissioned to bring the sculpture to the Chesterfield community and was unveiled on October 10, 2009 adding to the permanent outdoor art collection of Chesterfield Arts and the beautiful landscape of Chesterfield, Missouri. Find the Awakening just off the intersection of Chesterfield Parkway and Park Circle Drive adjacent to Chesterfield's Central Park.

Image from rooftop of 16150 Main Circle Drive

 

The Awakening

Commissioned by The Sachs Fund and donated to Chesterfield Arts as part of its permanent public (outdoor) art collection, The Awakening was created by sculptor Seward Johnson and is a local favorite of young and old alike. The giant sculpture was unveiled to much fanfare on October 10, 2009 adjacent to Chesterfield Central Park and weighs in at 4,700 pounds, measures 70-feet long and 17 feet tall at its highest point. Designed as a five-part, cast-aluminum sculpture, the larger-than-life bearded figure is a replica of the original Seward Johnson creation, located in East Potomac Park, Prince George County, Maryland.

Voted in 2013 by West NewsMagazine readers as The Best Place to Take a Photo, visitors to The Awakening in Chesterfield can feel free to climb on the sculpture and many have snapped wedding, prom and family photos alongside the giant.

The sculpture has also won the "Best Public Art" in Chesterfield four times and has been featured as a tourist draw in Midwest Living Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and other regional and national publications. 

Visit this extraordinary piece at Chesterfield Parkway and Park Circle Drive adjacent to Chesterfield Central Park. Don't forget your camera!

The Awakening by Seward Johnson

The Unveiling Ceremony with Sculptor Seward Johnson

Oct. 10, 2009, Chesterfield Missouri

 

  

 

Photos courtesy of Stacey Morse, Maurice L. Hirsch, Jr., Jeff Hirsch, Marian Hirsch & Inga Mockapetris

Learn more about The Awakening, the artist and the process on this short video on YouTube.com. Also, browse photos of The Awakening's arrival and install on Flickr.com.

KSDK Channel 5! Watch Video. Print media coverage: read the story from the St. Louis Post-DispatchRead the story from the Suburban Journal. More photos of The Awakening's  installation can be found here: Photos from the Post-Dispatch. Photos from West Newsmagazine. Photos KSDK Channel 5.

Special thanks to The Awakening and Community Unveiling Event major contributors: