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Hammering Man at 2,938,405 - Gainesville, FL
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N 29° 38.193 W 082° 22.182
17R E 367410 N 3279297
Quick Description: The kinetic "Hammering Man at 2,938,405" is located at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Florida, USA. The sculpture is made of corten steel and represents the common worker.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 7/12/2011 3:48:34 PM
Waymark Code: WMC12K
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 2

Long Description:
"A University of Florida landmark, Hammering Man, outside of the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, was sculpted by Jonathan Borofsky in 1984. The hydraulic-driven hammerman’s creak is a familiar sound when visiting UF’s Cultural Plaza. The outdoor sculpture is a gift from the Martin Z. Margulies Foundation. This motorized tribute to the working man is one of several Hammering Man sculptures located around the world."

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Although an internet search did not uncover a video of the Hammering Man sculpture at the Harn Museum, a video of the Hammering Man sculpture in Seattle shows what one of these sculptures looks like in action (visit link).

The following information is from the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art (in the Quick Search box, type in "Hammering Man"):

Hammering Man at 2,938,405

Date: 1984

Dimensions: 24 ft. x 11 ft. x 24 in., 7600 lb. (731.5 x 335.3 x 61 cm, 3447.3 kg)

Medium: Corten steel

Credit Line: Gift of the Martin Z. Margulies Foundation

Description: Large scale sculpture with a flat nearly two dimensional character that depicts a male worker hammering. The arm holding the hammer is hydraulically activated to simulate hammering.

Label Copy: Hammering Man at 2,938,405" stands 24 feet high and represents the signature work of artist Jonathan Borofsky. The sculpture represents an imposing and dynamic figure of a man cut as a silhouette from corten steel. The man holds a hammer which he raises and lowers in the repetitive gesture of an industrial laborer paying tribute to the universal worker and to those who still work with their hands in a mechanized world. Borofsky's work is often inspired by the world of memories and dreams which he uses to explore the meaning of ordinary existence rather than the depths of the subconscious. Mathematics and counting also play a role as a meditative component of the artists work and as a way part in identifying the piece. This work is one of several site specific versions of "Hammering Man" around the world from Los Angeles, Seattle, Basel and Frankfurt.

TITLE: Hammering Man at 2,938,405

ARTIST(S): Jonathan Borofsky

DATE: 1984

MEDIUM: Cor-Ten steel

CONTROL NUMBER: IAS 09310008

Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
The Smithsonian page doesn't include a description. There's a very good one available on the Harn museum's website (see Long Description).


DIFFERENCES NOTED BETWEEN THE INVENTORY LISTING AND YOUR OBSERVATIONS AND RESEARCH:
University of Florida, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, SW 34th Street & Hull Road, Gainesville, Florida 32611


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