‘American Gothic’ Sculpture Coming To the State Fair’s Celebration Park

INDIANAPOLIS – A 25-foot-tall sculpture inspired by Grant Wood’s iconic painting “American Gothic” will stand guard in Dow AgroSciences Celebration Park during the Great 2010 Indiana State Fair, Aug. 6 – 22, just north of downtown Indianapolis at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Indiana State fair has long been an annual tradition for Hoosier families all over the state of Indiana and is one of the must attend Indianapolis events every year.

“God Bless America,” which has traveled to Chicago, Florida, Arizona and New York, will feature the well-known farmer with his pitchfork and daughter by his side. The sculpture, installed July 26 with the help of giant cranes, is a reminder of the nation’s agricultural roots.

“This piece of public art is a great opportunity for our visitors to capture a unique moment at the fair,” Cindy Hoye, the State Fair’s executive director, said.  “We’re also hopeful that it will inspire conversation about the evolution of contemporary production agriculture.”

Artist J. Seward Johnson said his work is also intended to help viewers look back and reexamine what they’ve learned since the couple in the painting first became icons and how public understanding may have shifted since then.

The sculpture is on loan from California-based The Sculpture Foundation, a not-for-profit that encourages the placement and sharing of public art.

“One key purpose for public art is to initiate dialogue within communities,” said The Sculpture Foundation’s Director Paula Stoeke. “Seward Johnson’s work is provocative in its very presence, and should turn heads as well as start conversations.”

About the Indiana State Fair

The Indiana State Fair is the state’s largest multi-day event attracting more than 900,000 people annually. Nationally recognized for offering the best in entertainment, showcasing youth, interactive agriculture education programs, premiere facilities and a variety of unique, fun foods, the Indiana State Fair is an annual tradition for generations of Hoosiers. Admission is $7 in advance, $8 at the gate – kids 5 and younger are free. For more information, please visit www.indianastatefair.com.