Todd DeFeo

Scouting sidewalk statues in Carmel, Ind.

CARMEL, Ind. – The city’s streets are buzzing with activity.

Carmel, Ind.
(Photo by Todd DeFeo)

A father helps his daughter take her first ride on a bicycle. An artist paints the archway welcoming visitors to the city’s Arts & Design District. A couple embraces in a kiss to celebrate the end of World War II.

If that last one seems a little out of place, that’s because none of these people out and about are real. They’re life size statues depicting everyday scenes.

The statues, sculpted by J. Seward Johnson, are part of the city’s plan to turn the Old Town area into an arts district and make a “walkable outdoor museum.”

“The addition of these realistic sculptures enhances the enjoyment of a visit to the Carmel Arts & Design District. Visitors to the area will be able to discover the sculptures as they shop and dine in the area,” Mayor Jim Brainard said in a 2008 news release. “Many will stop and have their picture taken with the sculpture to capture the moment. We realize the tremendous impact that the arts have on economic development and are investing in the district to help attract customers and businesses to the area.”

About Todd DeFeo

Todd DeFeo loves to travel anywhere, anytime, taking pictures and notes. An award-winning reporter, Todd revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He is owner of The DeFeo Groupe and also edits Express Telegraph and