Elkhart, Indiana: Giant American Gothic Statue

A 25-foot-tall version of the farm couple from Grant Wood's painting, "American Gothic." The statue moves from place to place; it's already spent multiple years in Chicago, Dubuque, and Des Moines. Unveiled in Elkhart on May 22, 2017.
Address:
E. High St., Elkhart, IN
Directions:
Downtown, in City Center Park. On the south side of E. High St., a half-block east of S. Main St.
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
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American Gothic Statue.

Giant American Gothic Statue

The American Gothic Statue is now on display in Elkhart.

[Joan Schlegelmilch, 06/17/2017]
Giant American Gothic Statue

Des Moines, Iowa: This has moved from Indianola to the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

[Connie, 03/20/2014]

The colossal couple changes address every year or so. Didn't the Iowa State Fair once have a butter sculpture version of American Gothic?

American Gothic.

American Gothic Statue

Dubuque, Iowa: The huge American Gothic statue by J. Seward Johnson has made its way to the Dubuque Museum of Art. The museum holds one of the largest collections of Grant Wood artworks. Where will it travel to next??

[Jean Dunk, 05/16/2011]

American Gothic couple.

American Gothic statue - J. Seward Johnson

Indianapolis, IN: This huge statue of a farmer and his wife is located at the Indiana state fairgrounds,

[Tim Ramey, 08/16/2010]

J. Seward Johnson American Gothic-like colossus. Named "God Bless America," this one is touring and will only be here through August 2010.

American Gothic statue.

Giant American Gothic statue

Chicago, IL: A 25-foot interpretation of Grant Wood's famous (and often parodied) painting American Gothic sits at 401 Michigan Ave., just down the road from the original painting that hangs at the outstanding Chicago Institute of Art. The sculptor is J. Seward Johnson. It's awesome in its incongruity: earnest farm folk among gleaming skyscrapers, the Midwest's salt of the earth among the Midwest's most sophisticated urban backdrop, humble farmers blown up to giant urban dwellers.

[Gunnar Johnson, 07/28/2009]

The statue has left Chicago and has moved to Mesa, Arizona, where it will tower over a downtown intersection from March through July 2010. The statue's owner -- a California foundation -- says that it wants to keep moving the statue from city to city.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Concrete Block with Human TeethConcrete Block with Human Teeth, Elkhart, IN - < 1 mi.
Hall of Heroes MuseumHall of Heroes Museum, Elkhart, IN - 3 mi.
RV Museum and Hall of FameRV Museum and Hall of Fame, Elkhart, IN - 6 mi.
In the region:
Skellville: Skeleton Scenes, Benton Harbor, MI - 36 mi.

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