Friday, February 29, 2008

Walking Man

I’ve mentioned Walking Man before, but this is the first time showing the 17-meter high sculpture that is literally walking across Leopoldstrasse. Designed by American artist Jonathan Borofsky, Walking Man was commissioned by the Munich RE Insurance company, and is installed so customers walk through the legs of the statue when entering the building. Borofsky has done hundreds of similar “bigger than life” sculptures, including the Hammering Man series in Frankfurt and Seattle. The sculpture was made in sections in Sun Valley, California, then assembled in Munich over 5 weeks. It has a steel inner structure and a fiberglass outer shell, as well as a staircase inside the upper body. At the top is a time capsule with written statements of the workers on the sculptures, as well as the workers from Munich Re Insurance.

6 comments:

Jackie said...

I've never seen that before, but I'm hoping to get to Munich this year sometime so will have to look out for it!

Jackie (Glasgow DP)

gizelle said...

Vielleicht kann er auf diesem grossen Stuhhl sitzen.

Great sculpture too and good day to you!

gizelle said...

I hope you don't mind, I linked this post to my entry today. Danke!

Chuck Pefley said...

This guy sure would be comfortable sitting on the chair on Vienna Daily Photo today. Cool sculpture. We have Borofsky's Hammering Man piece here in Seattle at the Seattle Art Museum. Cheers!

Ann (MobayDP) said...

Chuck, indeed. Lol :) I'd like to see him on that chair too. He must be quite tired from all this walking!

How long has this walking man sculpture been around, do you know?

Ann (MobayDP) said...

lol. Just went to Mitch's Minneapolis Daily Photo (http://www.mitchster.com/2008/02/29/spoonbridge-and-cherry-at-the-walker-sculpture-garden/).

Now I'd love to see the Walking Man sitting on Chuck's big red chair holding Mitch's big white spoon with that enormous cherry.
:o)