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Man Walking to the Sky

by Jonathan Borofsky
documenta 9, 1992

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documenta 9
Man Walking to the Sky


Unlike other outdoor documenta objects, Jonathan Borofsky’s upward-pointing installation has been welcomed with broad public approval. Erected directly in front of the Museum Fridericianum during documenta 9, it was moved to its present location in 1995 after being purchased by the city with the support of local citizens and sponsors. It spite of its precarious position between rising and falling, and with the end of its journey in sight, the figure hurrying up the slim pole could become a symbol of hope for the region. Yet at the same time, the figure striving to escape the pull of the Earth is also meant to be seen as an embodiment of existential endangerment. Driven by blind optimism and faith in progress, the man climbs toward the heavens without regard for the circumstances of his stormy advance. Nevertheless, the popular work is used in corporate and event logos and as a popular motif in advertising of all kinds.

Property of: Stadt Kassel


Jonathan Borofsky (* 1942 in Boston, USA). His works include primarily large-scale sculptures in public space. He lives in Ongunquit, Maine, USA and took part in documenta 7, 8 and 9.