CROWN POINT — An impressionist garden is being added to the Seward Johnson statue grouping, “The Hunting Party,” on the historic Lake Courthouse east lawn.
Hubinger’s Landscaping Corp., of Crown Point, designed and donated the garden, in cooperation with the Crown Point Redevelopment Commission’s Art in Point project that brings the Seward Johnson statues to the city. This is the fourth year the public art exhibit has come to the city.
“The Hunting Party” and the monumental Seward Johnson bronze, “Embracing Peace," which is located at the city’s Sportsplex facility on North Street, make up this year’s exhibit.
Lorraine Kielman, designer with Hubinger, said owner Donna Hubinger wanted to do something for the community to mark the Hubinger's 50th anniversary in the city.
Kielman and her crew recently installed the plants and flowers that capture the essence of Claude Monet’s 1866 painting, “Femmes au jardin,” on which Johnson’s grouping, “The Hunting Party,” is based.
Crown Point business The Artful Garden supplied an arbor that will be added to the garden to complete the re-creation.
“The garden will really complement the statues,” Kielman said.
The Seward Johnson public art display encourages people to interact with the statues. The garden and lawn are open to the public, and visitors are encouraged to post photos to social media under the hashtag #sharethesquare.