Walking Men worldwide™ is a series of public art installations, a photographic collage of pedestrian traffic icons assembled from around the world, presented in humane scale. The project was conceived as a collaborative effort of international photographers, each adding a piece to the collage.
In January 2010, the project made its debut on 99 Church Street, Manhattan in Walking Men 99™, which was installed in two editions over the next four years. The installation, commissioned by the Alliance for Downtown NY, was followed by a series of projects including Walking Men PERMM (2010), a public art installation in collaboration with the PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art in Russia, and Walking Men Worldwide™ – The Banner Gallery as part of the Art & About Sydney Festival (2013), which was followed by a second installation in conjunction with Walk 21 Sydney, Australia (2014). Most recently, Walking Men BA was hosted by the City of Buenos Aires, in collaboration with the Embassy of Israel in Argentina (2015).
Additional public art installations under the umbrella of Walking Men Worldwide™ include Men At Work (2010), which was on display at the Bat-Yam International Biennale of Landscape Urbanism in Israel, followed by Men At Work NYC, which was unveiled around the site of World Trade Center Tower 4 (September 2011-2012).
Walking Men Taipei is new site-specific public art installation under the umbrella of Walking Men Worldwide™, which opened in Taipei’s Xinyi District in March 2018, and was on display for one year.
This work has been realized in collaboration with the Fubon Art Foundation in conjunction with the Very Fun Park 2018 Festival. It joined together over 140 iconic pedestrian traffic light symbols from cities around the world, and wrapped around a 400 meter-long parameter wall, making it the largest Walking Men Worldwide™ installation to date. The work surrounded the construction site of the upcoming Fubon Xinyi A25 Tower which will house the future Fubon Contemporary Art Museum, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
As part of this collaboration and with the unique opportunity of creating site-specific work in the tradition of Taipei’s public environment, 28 ‘walk’ icons have been re-imagined as green wall plants designs!