Dale Johnson Public Work

Mythical Creatures

Indiana Limestone
7'-6" x 4'-6" x 12"
Lewis Center, Ohio
Delaware County Library System

A local resident left part of her estate to establish a children’s reading garden in the rapidly developing Delaware County Library System. I am honored to have been the first selected. I hope my work inspires young readers for generations to come. I thank the Delaware County Library for their complete gift of artistic freedom. […]


Mythical Creatures

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This piece was commissioned by my local library. I love libraries, and ours is a good one. I was given the theme, and the rest was left up to me. I spent the winter and early spring of 2012/2013 on this piece. This is the view as seen from the parking lot. It was landscaped […]


Downtown Head

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  Angela Meleca Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, hosts Downtown Head and my paintings, including 8-12-2013 in the window. Angela and Dale, after a successful installation. This piece is available. Shipment to anywhere, no problem. The tradition of the colossal head is one that includes all eras and all cultures, and has always been a form […]


Mirror Lake Ice Cream Cone

Indiana Limestone
Located on the Ohio State University Campus, Columbus, Ohio.

This 1500 pound carved¬† limestone ice cream cone stands proudly outside one of Ohio State University’s oldest buildings, which now houses the Mirror Lake Creamery and Grill on the ground floor. Thousands of students walk by my work every day on the campus. I wonder how many notice the top scoop is cherry? Carving the […]


First Responders Memorial

Cast and Fabricated Stainless Steel, Granite

I was commissioned to create the focal sculpture for an Ohio park dedicated to our nation’s fallen First Responders. I created hundreds of different images of people doing very ordinary things; all of the poses are the sorts of things we all do every day, from walking the dog to playing a trumpet. I wanted […]


Caroline Memorial

Kansas Limestone

This sculpture was commissioned as a gift by my daughter’s graduating class of 2012, Wellington School. It is in memory of a schoolmate that died of brain cancer when the students were in kindergarten. Caroline was a playful girl, and loved the outdoors. As a father, the honor was enormous. That class was full of […]


Tony Hinkle Bust

Bronze, Indiana Limestone

This bronze bust of the legendary Tony Hinkle stands in front of Butler University’s Hinkle Auditorium, one of the nation’s oldest and largest basketball courts. Old World has been part of several graduating class gifts. This one, in particular, stands out; Butler won the Final Four that year to become the number one college basketball […]


Butler University Class Gift of 1997

Bronze over Wood, Granite, Steel

This Class Gift sculpture is located on the Mall of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. This shot is original; today, the gardens are lush and the piece has settled into it’s home quite nicely. This graduating class was very open to new ideas, and together we came up with this design. It has weathered well, […]


Still Point

Bronze
Sculpted by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.

This life size bronze sculpture was Matthew’s last project as an employee of Old World Stone Carving.¬† He’s done very well since as an independent sculptor., with works across the nation. Matthew’s sensitivity shows through in every detail. We had Cash, a police horse, in every week for confirmation of detail. This memorial sculpture honors […]


Christopher Columbus

Indiana Limestone, Granite
Temporary installation at Ameriflora, Columbus, Ohio.

Hilarious. This was one of my first stone carvings done with my employer/mentor Tony Solazzo… Ameriflora, 1992… Christopher Columbus bowling with the world. Proof that I am not infallible.


Easton Frog And Snail

Indiana Limestone, Bronze

This commission for a children’s fountain for a local outdoor mall involved several caricatures. Here the impatient frog prince stomps his foot as the slow snail gets ‘er dun. A prince rides a checkered snail. Haven’t we all? The mall set me free to do as I found fit, with a budget. It was all […]


Easton Cat and Mouse

Indiana Limestone
Indiana Limestone, Bronze

This mouse guarding the downspout didn’t last very long. There’s a good reason downspouts have big open outlets. Despite how cool it was that the indoor cat tried to herald the mouse out. Mousey, mousey? Great idea, but not practical at all. This kind of creativity is no longer encouraged. Stuff has to last, no […]


Zipper Bench

Indiana Limestone

Outside the Blind Lemon in Cincinnati. Make sense?   I’ve been told that Johnny Cash sat on this bench. How cool is that? Having fun with ideas…  


Holocaust Memorial (Proposal)

To have been marble figures surrounded by wood figures liinked with naval brass wire.

The figures in the center, life-size marble, would have represented a mother and son freshly arrived by train at a camp. black figures would have been carved and scorched wood. The flooring would have been broken limestone slabs to symbolize the roads made of broken tombstones.   Unfortunately, the project never received adequate funding and […]


Thurber Garden

Based on James Thurber's drawings.
Columbus Limestone

This was one of my first public projects. It is still in operation, almost twenty years later. the water flows out of the book and across the split boulder, and disappears. The boulder is suspended on a stainless steel grate that holds the gravel at grade level. This Thurber Dog facing down a butterfly is […]


501 Gargoyle

Indiana Limestone

I spent so much time after my divorce at this club, the only jazz club in Columbus at the time, that I donated this piece to the club. It’s still there and will be for as long as the building exists. Park Street Tavern (at the time the 5:01 club). Blowing my thanks to my […]


COSI Capitals

The resoration of COSI' capitals.

What a blast this job was! The capitals on these columns were deteriorating horribly, falling apart, crumbling. Myself and my helper Jack Oliver cut off all the rotten stone, and epoxied and pinned on new stone, and re-carved the new stone to match the old. These capitals are nine feet across. The coolest thing is […]


Hoop Dancer

Hoop Dancer
Steel, Glass, Stone
16' x 6' x 5'

A friend that owns a machine shop called and asked if I wanted some scrap steel, which of course I did, and another friend called and asked if I had a use for a large glass conference table top, which I broke his office and hauled out in pieces. This piece became the result. All […]


Hanover Panthers

Hanover Panthers
Indiana Limestone
Life Size
Hanover University, Indiana

These panthers, one called “Life of the Mind” and one called “Life of the Body”, had to be removed from their original outdoor location due to vandalism. This shot is taken in their present location. The concept and overall design are by Dale Johnson, but the models and carving were done by Matthew Palmer during […]


Easton Mouse

Easton Mouse
Indiana Limestone, Bronze
10" x 10" x 20"

There used to be a children’s fountain at Easton Town Center, and I was commissioned to do a series of silly animals for the kids (actually I was given a budget and a time frame and freedom to do what I thought best, so I did a series of silly animals). There was a working […]


Easton Ladybugs

Indiana Limestone, Bronze

The school marm worm in the apple seems to have had her fill of the students today. No matter how studious the teacher’s pet. Man, I loved an all day sucker when I was a kid. And I loved having fun creating this preschool for the kids. These were there for several years. Hundreds of […]


Easton Dog Clownfish

Easton Dog Clownfish
Life-size
Indiana Limestone

Another of the Easton Children’s Fountain pieces. this is my Basset Hound discovering that his tail has been taken over by the Magic Clownfish above. The Magic Clownfish laughs and laughs, and the Basset just gets more and more flustered. Oh my, it’s all so fun!


Dublin Kiwanis Frog

Bronze, Indiana Limestone

I had so much fun making this frog. I knew (and know) it would be part of this community long after I’m dead, even as I made it. This is one of many such projects, but in a weird way this one is unique. This frog is communally owned, and I got to make it. […]


Butler Bulldog

Indiana Limestone
Carved by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.

Carved by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving., this bulldog has stood ground outside the Union Building of Butler University since 1996. I have since done many more projects for Butler over the years. Matthew stayed with me for a few more years, and now maintains a successful sculpture studio of his […]