Damage to the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau

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The Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau reports damage to one of Seward Johnson’s sculptures recently placed as part of the county’s quilt garden exhibits:

The sculpture by Seward Johnson which was in Abshire Park in Goshen was removed and placed in safekeeping after sustaining damage around June 1, 2022. The Elkhart County CVB is working with stakeholders on how the sculpture , which was part of the Elkhart County CVB Quilt Gardens 15th Anniversary Celebration will be replaced.

Jon Hunsberger, CDME, Executive Director of Elkhart County CVB, says:

“The Elkhart County CVB is deeply saddened by the recent incident of vandalism to a sculpture by Seward Johnson in Abshire Park in Goshen. We are working with the authorities in the hope that the culprits can be identified and the community can obtain justice in this incident. Public art is extremely important to the community of Elkhart County. The Elkhart County CVB will work with authorities on all reasonable efforts to safeguard the nearly 100 pieces of public art we manage, from sculptures to Quilt Gardens and Quilt Murals.

“Public art vandalism is an attack on all of us in Elkhart County. Although the damaged piece is valued at $160,000, it is equally important to remember the emotional value we invest as residents in how public art enlivens public spaces and brings joy to our daily lives.

“Public art reminds us that the residents of Elkhart County bring to life many beautifully handcrafted, valuable and practical objects. It’s what makes our community special and what people will remember about Elkhart County.

Questions regarding the vandalism incident can be directed to the Goshen Police Department at [email protected]

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