Products from Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, were selected to paint Seward Johnson’s “Return Visit” sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and a contemporary man. The nine-metre tall bronze sculpture was created by American artist Seward Johnson and is owned by The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc., a New Jersey-based non-profit foundation that promotes the appreciation of, and education about, sculpture and public art through the creation, maintenance, sale and public placement of Seward Johnson’s sculptures.
“Return Visit” was painted with Axalta’s Corlar® 824S™, a two-component epoxy primer that delivers excellent durability and good corrosion protection, and Cromax® Pro, a low VOC waterborne basecoat. For the topcoat, Axalta’s high-performance Imron® Industrial MS600™ high-solid, low-gloss clear coat was selected for its high durability and long-term protection capability.
“Seward Johnson’s ‘Return Visit’ is a timeless and inspirational piece of art,” said Michael Cash, Axalta Senior Vice President and President, Industrial Coatings. “Axalta works diligently to diversify our technology portfolio to be able to provide protection, beauty and reliability from primer to topcoat paint layers. This is a great example of what can be achieved with a broad portfolio of products.”
The poignant piece depicts President Lincoln discussing the Gettysburg Address with a contemporary citizen, demonstrating the timeless relevance of its message. “Return Visit” is currently on exhibit at Pioneer Court on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
About the Seward Johnson Atelier and Artist Seward Johnson
The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc., was created to promote the appreciation of, and education about, sculpture and public art in general, utilizing the creation, maintenance, sales and public placement of Seward Johnson’s artwork as its instrument. For additional information about the artist or the sculpture, contact: THE SEWARD JOHNSON ATELIER, INC. Jenee Castellanos, Associate Curator firstname.lastname@example.org andwww.sewardjohnsonatelier.org