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Man Who Walks

John Merigian's avatar John Merigian

Having participated in the first four ArtPrizes, from 2009 through 2012, I thought coming out of the pandemic it would be wonderful to participate in ArtPrize again this year. I’ve connected with a venue that does provide that opportunity, and the site has meaning beyond simply space. This piece, sited next to Ottawa Street, is a primordial reflection on the most basic act of walking. Being engaged in simple movement, intent on going and arriving. There was a time when walking was the absolute most common way of travel. To make a journey was a significant undertaking. We take that for granted in the first world, as we do our very freedom. The very act of walking anywhere is a statement of freedom. In today’s turbulent times, this site reflects so much. Sited on the grounds of the Gerald R Ford Federal Building, the piece takes on an important contemporary meaning: A Man Who Walks from a courthouse is a free man.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
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  • Medium: Welded Corten
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  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 13 feet