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Art ID9048
Classification Sculpture - Bronze  
Artist J. Seward Johnson, Jr.  
Title of Work Computing a Future 
Print Issue  
Date Made  
Medium  
Dimensions: (in inches) Height: 48     Width: 24     Depth: 37 
Description

The first piece to grace the library's halls, and the first to greet patrons as they enter vestibule. It is popular with patrons, and often "poses" for pictures with a patron or two sitting next to it. Ever wonder if the statue's clothes are real? The answer is "no." The lifelike detailing is the result of hours of intense labors resulting in realistic looking clothing, hair and skin made entirely of bronze. Textures that imitate corduroy, tweed, or a cable knit sweater pattern are made with an electric tool that is much like a fine dentist's drill. This is the most time consuming part of creating these bronzes. It takes between one and two years for Johnson to create one sculpture. If you are a frequent traveler, it is likely that you have seen Johnson's work in other places. New York City has several very publicly sited works, as does Washington DC, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Osaka and even Istanbul. 

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Credit

Opening of the new building in 1998. 

Note "Sited by Sculpture Placement, Washington, D.C."