PLANT CITY — Take a seat on the bench next to the Sidewalk Judge.
He's one of eight life-sized sculptures that dot Plant City's historic downtown, an exhibit on loan through July.
The Plant City Photo Archives & History Center will unveil the "Man on the Street" collection at 11 a.m. today at the Union Station Welcome Center, 102 N Palmer St.
Just look for the iconic sailor smooching a nurse, a sculpture created from the 1945 photograph of a Times Square celebration at the end of World War II.
The ceremony will feature speaker Harrison Covington, a sculptor and former fine arts dean at the University of South Florida.
Created by New Jersey artist J. Seward Johnson, the sculpture collection came to Plant City through a $10,000 historic preservation grant from Hillsborough County. Plant City chipped in a $5,000 community redevelopment grant, and the Arts Council of Plant City sponsored a sculpture for $1,000.
Also included in the exhibit: A farmer holding a pitchfork alongside his daughter, a likeness of the famous American Gothic painting.
Volunteers positioned the eight 700-pound sculptures around McCall Park. Maps will be available at Union Station and the Plant City Photo Archives & History Center.
Photo Archives executive director Gil Gott said he hopes to extend the exhibit through August for the Republican National Convention.
The on-loan sculptures coincide with a visiting Smithsonian exhibit, "Journey Stories," at the Photo Archives starting May 26.
Stephanie Wang, Times staff writer