For over six years now I have been collecting pedestrian icons in a photographic journey that spans around the world. The Walking Men Worldwide™ project explores various representations of the universally rendered ‘man’, and attempts to examine its inherent conundrum; why is it that while we all consider these icons to be typologically identical, they appear to add such a unique character to our urban identity? These two-dimensional ‘men’, omitted of all idiosyncratic detail, repeatedly reveal themselves in multiple forms on traffic lights and street signs on every corner, as this photographic collage unveils a rich and fascinating world within the confines of a coherent, multi- lingual graphic vocabulary. The Men At Work Project is a continuation to Walking Men 99™ in its attempt to depict international ‘working men’ figures from street signs in cities around the world, and offers a new look into their cultural presence. Such signs are typically used to warn against, or prevent entrance to renovated environments, a reminder to a never-ending process of urban renewal.
The first installation of Men At Work debuted in Israel as part of the Bat-Yam International Biennale of Landscape Urbanism in September 2010.
Men At Work New York was unveiled on 9/11 around the construction site of World Trade Center Tower 4, and is the second installation in New York City from the Walking Men Worldwide Initiative™. The project, which depicts nearly 150 iconic figures from street signs in cities around the world, was installed along 1,000 feet of construction parapets on the south and north sides of Liberty Street, between Greenwich and Church, stretching along the southern edge of the World Trade Center construction site. In its unique location, Men At Work has become a creative tribute to the men and women that have work diligently over the past decade to rebuild the World Trade Center.
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