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Hammering Man, Frankfurt

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Hammering Man is a series of monumental kinetic sculptures designed by Jonathan Borofsky which have been installed in various cities around the world. This project was structurally engineered by Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA). The first one was a 3.4 m high sculpture at Paula Cooper Gallery made out of wood. Some installations in various museums followed. Outside U.S. installations followed 1985 in Dallas, 1988 in La Jolla and L.A., European installations in Basel 1989, Frankfurt 1990, and others.InstallationsFrankfurtThe most prominent Hammering Man is 21 metres tall and was commissioned in 1990, for the new Messeturm building at the Frankfurt Trade Fair.Also in the same city was an unofficial 6 ft tall copy of the Hammering Man in the Hülya-Platz SeattleHammering Man in Seattle is 14.6 m (48 feet) tall, 76 cm (30 inches) wide and 18 cm (7 inches) deep, and weighs 26,000 pounds. He is located directly in front of the Seattle Art Museum and made out of hollow-fabricated steel with a mechanized arm of aluminum, an electric motor and flat black automotive paint. He was built in 1991 at a cost of $450,000. Original funding was provided by the Virginia Wright Fund in honor of Prentice Bloedel; City of Seattle 1% for Art funds; the Museum Development Authority and PONCHO (Patrons of Northwest Civic, Cultural and Charitable Organizations).During installation on September 28, 1991, the first sculpture fell and had to be replaced.Hammering Man's arm "hammers" silently and smoothly four times per minute 20 hours a day. It runs on a 3-hp electric motor set on an automatic timer. Hammering Man rests his arm 1-5 a.m. each morning as well as every year on Labor Day.
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  • Love how this scuplture is a tribute to the working man. The mechanisms in it really reflect a man hammering. Rather interesting and worth at the least a drive by.  more »
  • Very large, simple, but in motion, sculpture. Enjoyed seeing it, as it is certainly different. Not sure it’s worth a special trip, but I was staying nearby.  more »
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  • Cool place to enjoy during evening time. Bring your reading materials and kids to enjoy cool breeze and sounds that will relax your mind and body...
  • Cool mechanized artwork that stands out. Nice fountain close too.

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