On Monday, June 20, 2016, the dramatic Embracing Peace sculpture by renowned American artist Seward Johnson, was installed at Memorial Park at the northeast corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road in Royal Oak, Michigan adjacent to the future home of The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial. The sculpture itself, as well as the installation process, was visually stunning and attracted many visitors.
The towering figures arrived from the artist’s studio in New Jersey and then was lifted by a crane to it’s home in Royal Oak. A collaboration between The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial, the City of Royal Oak and The Seward Johnson Atelier, a not for profit entity that encourages the placement and sharing of public art, has brought the enduring kissing couple to the city.
The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial is the state’s officially recognized tribute to its contributions during the second world war. It honors Michigan’s role both on the war front and the home front as the Arsenal of Democracy and the home of Rosie the Riveter.
Debi Hollis, President of The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial remarked, “We are so excited to have this iconic statue come to the site of The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial. We are grateful that the Seward Johnson Atelier chose this location as one of only four venues in the world to display this work. It’s a perfect spot and will build further awareness for the memorial throughout Royal Oak, Oakland County and the entire state. We believe the enthusiasm about the statue will help drive the fundraising we need to complete this project. We are also planning some exciting events around the statue. Keep an eye on our website, www.michiganww2memorial.org, and Like Us on Facebook for details.”
Local funding has been generously provided by Jack and Annette Aronson. The sculpture will be in Royal Oak for one year.