Marilyn and Friends Move Into the Garment District in Sidewalk Sculpture Show

Eighteen of sculptor Seward Johnson's life-size painted bronzes are on display in the Garment District this summer. (Photo: Laurentiu Garofeanu/Garment District Alliance)

Eighteen of sculptor Seward Johnson’s life-size painted bronzes are on display in the Garment District this summer. In Forever Marilyn, Johnson recreates an iconic scene from NYC film. (Photo: Laurentiu Garofeanu/Garment District Alliance)

The Garment District has some new residents, courtesy of New Jersey sculptor Seward Johnson.

Earlier this week, 18 painted bronze sculptures were installed on Broadway between 36th and 41st Streets, courtesy of the neighborhood’s Garment District Alliance.

The subjects of Johnson’s life-like and life-size sculptures range from iconic movie stars and famous Impressionist paintings to ordinary people. (A press release for the show brags they are “selfie-ready.”)

A passerby interacts with a life-like sculpture of an ordinary man by Seward Johnson. (Photo: Laurentiu Garofeanu/Garment District Alliance)

A passerby interacts with a life-like sculpture. (Photo: Laurentiu Garofeanu/Garment District Alliance)

Over 450 of Johnson’s bronzes have been featured in private collections, museums and in public spaces, including Rockefeller Center in New York and Les Halles in Paris.

He is best known for highlighting and elevating the mundane and uncelebrated (think hot dog vendors) in his sculpture series “Celebrating the Familiar,” some works from which appear in this summer’s exhibit. But his most photographed work is a 26-foot upskirt sculpture of Marilyn Monroe, Forever Marilyn.

Viewers who enjoy this outdoor exhibit can visit Grounds for Sculpture (founded by Johnson himself), a 42-acre sculpture park in Hamilton Township, N.J., which has a 150-work retrospective on display through July 1.

The Garment District exhibit, the largest public installation of Johnson’s work in New York, is on view through Sept. 15.

Marilyn and Friends Move Into the Garment District in Sidewalk Sculpture Show