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It’s time for a road trip to Crown Point.

You may remember costumed bulldogs and ornately painted benches around the city about 10 years ago.

Well, Crown Point has outdone itself this time. Unique colorized bronzed statues can be found at 12 locations around the city.

The lifelike statues depict individuals in everyday scenes such as building a wall, an artist painting the old courthouse or washing a window.

City Councilwoman Carol Drasga is the spark plug behind the world-class art coming to Crown Point.

“I had seen The Marilyn Monroe sculpture at Daley Plaza in Chicago and decided to see if such art could come to our city,” she said. That lead to Art in Point, a unique community group determined to share art with the city.

The statues are the work of Seward Johnson, an internationally known sculpture artist. He has produced more than 450 life-size statues.

His work has been seen in museums and exhibits across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.

Johnson’s desire to highlight the mundane in his Celebrating the Familiar sculpture series has brought a unique voice to the world of art in public places.

Carol says, “Art is important,” so Art in Point formed to gain sponsors around the city to finance bringing the sculptures to Crown Point.

Already, the sculptures are gaining attention and rave reviews from residents and visitors.

In fact, the sculpture in front of Family Express at North and Summit streets depicts an elderly woman with groceries attempting to cross the street. Being so lifelike, drivers have often stopped to allow the woman safe passage.

I have seen much art in my lifetime and can attest to the unique quality of the Johnson exhibit.

Carol and her supporters are to be thanked for bringing this art to our city.

Now you know why it is time for a road trip to Crown Point.

William Nangle is editor emeritus of The Times. The opinions are the writer's.

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Porter County Government Reporter

Senior reporter Doug Ross, an award-winning writer, has been covering Northwest Indiana for more than 35 years, including more than a quarter of a century at The Times.