Seattle, Washington: Hammering Man

48-foot-tall 2D metal man has whacked his hammer every 15 seconds since 1991. He only rests between 1-5 AM -- and all-day Labor Day. It's art.

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1300 1st Ave., Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum. Downtown, at the corner of 1st Ave. and University St.
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As a part of the Seattle's public art program, Hammering Man was installed on September 12, 1992, at the entrance to the downtown Seattle Art Museum. Artist Jonathan Borofsky designed Hammering Man so that the arm with the hammer moves up and down as if hitting his work. Since his installation in 1992, he's logged some 90,000 hours, striking four times a minute. That's about 21.6 million hits.

He is turned off just one day a year: Labor Day.

[Connie, 07/30/2013]

Hammering Man, who's over 30 feet tall, has for years been parodied by the much smaller "Drinking Man," a statue outside of a Seattle tavern that hoists a beer bottle instead of a hammer.

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