PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Gateway Center fountain is as pretty as a picture, but the real work of art is the bronze sculpture of the “artist” who’s painting it.

He’s one of 15 lifelike street sculptures now inhabiting the grounds of Gateway Center. Double-takes are guaranteed.

“Every time I look at them, I’m waiting for them to move,” says a Point Park University student. “They look really realistic and I keep thinking they’re real people.”

The sculptures are the works of 80-year-old Seward Johnson. Working painstakingly in his New Jersey studio, he spends a year sculpting each mold.

Betty Tata is president of the Laurel Foundation, which brought his sculptures to Pittsburgh for a three-month stay.

“What he wanted to do,” she says of the sculptor, “was to actually fool the eye and make it more realistic and so he started researching ways to being color into it to make them more lifelike.”

Gateway Towers resident Chuck Boguslawski was startled by the “Sidewalk Judge” sitting on a bench.

“The other night as I walked through the park, he scared the heck out of me.”

Seward Johnson’s sculptures will occupy the grounds of Gateway Center through August 5.

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