Sunday, June 5, 2011

walking men (and women too!)

I love when I run across a good public art project like Walking Men 99 by artist Maya Barkai.    This installation joins together 99 pedestrian traffic lights from cities across the world and wraps around 500 feet of wall at a construction site in lower Manhattan.


Of course, I had to take some shots of real live people walking by the fake traffic light people.  I wasted spent quite a bit of time doing that, and almost made myself late for work.




The traffic signals are all so diverse.  But while most of them are men, there are indeed some women...


And even a man helping a woman across the street---hey Belgium, this seems a bit old-fashioned and sexist if you ask me :)


Some traffic signals have horses and bicycles on them...



The sun was bright, so I was able to capture a photo to celebrate Shadow Shot Sunday...


And finally, a few black and whites, just because...



Whew, I know that's a lot of photo action, but if you made it to the end of the post I am glad you did because I want to tell you that I will be hosting my first ever giveaway here at Urban Muser tomorrow. It has something to do with my obsession with mobile photography. No, I am not giving away an iPhone, not even close, but be sure to stop back!  I used my iPhone to take this final shot below...

**ETA--the giveaway is now open, check this post for details by Friday June 10th!**


Happy Sunday everyone.  Linking up today with:







Sunday Snapshot

Unknown Mami

32 comments:

Joan said...

What a great project!

Buttons said...

I love this installation. You captured it perfectly. I always liked your Iphone shots. I truly believe it is not the equipment but the heart of the photographer captured. B

Life with Kaishon said...

Your first giveaway! EEEEEEEEEEEEEK. I am excited for you. I know you love camera phone pictures.

refrigeratormagnate said...

Haha - I thought the woman was PULLING the man across the street...
"You are going to lunch with uncle Fred and you will like it!" ;)
Awesome photos, as always, U.M.

Tina said...

What great shots! LG Tina

Nancy said...

I love your photos -- mostly because of the subject matter. Please don't ever move to the suburbs! :)

Thank you so much for sharing at YSB this week, UM.

Alli said...

I love the traffic signal banners. Berlin has the cutest traffic signals.

Annie said...

That is very cool. I loved reading through your blog. Your life in the cityh is SO very different to anything I am used to. Love it! Thanks for your comment on my Sunday Snapshot!

Kat Sloma said...

Can I tell you how awesome it is to see these, and to see how many of the signals I have actually SEEN? I love the black and whites the best!!

Anika said...

I LOVE that last image...well all of them really but especially that last one. What a great scene to sit and shoot...love that installation idea too, how cool!

Gabrielle said...

this is so so cool!

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M said...

Fantastic photos, and very interesting art installation.

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lisa said...

Oh my goodness, this must be amazing, and what a truly original idea!
Thank you for sharing it here!! :-)

missing moments said...

I love the idea ... turning a dismal site into a piece of art! iPhone shot is great ... instagram?

Laurie Matherne said...

Lovely sight.

Stampmouse said...

great shots and what a fun shoot love it

Keetha Broyles said...

Great traffic light art! Some of those figures are so interesting.

I'm still very glad to be helped across the street.

Virginia said...

So cool. Gotta tip off my buddies that still work in the Financial District!

Brigindo said...

I love this!...the project and your shots

Unknown Mami said...

This was fantastic. I really love the ones you got with real people walking.

Soapbox Girl said...

Such a great installation and set of photos.

mimbles said...

What a wonderful series of photos! They brought a huge smile to my face, I absolutely love them!

Dorian Susan said...

What a cool art project. I know as photographers we are artists, but sometimes I think I'm just capturing other people's great ideas. Very cool and even better with "live" people, time no wasted me thinks.
Salzburg with bikes-very cool.

bailey-road.com said...

What a fun photo post! Wonderful street photography backed up by this cool urban art!

The Reason You Come said...

I love the ones with both the fake and real people! I miss NYC!

Jacey said...

I really love these shots!

Oliag said...

These are so much fun!! What a wonderful place to take photos!

La Principessa Errante said...

These are so cool. Thanks for the education.

Eva said...

Wow, these are great. Not sure if you noticed that we are again exchanging at the same time. Just found your comment and left a comment for you on Picture Inspiration.
I love the little people of Dresden, Nice, Kathmandu, and Salzburg. There seems to be a lot of rushing in Buenos Aires.
I love art like this that opens my eyes and mind to the variety that can be found in the same in the world.
love from Eva

Clare B said...

This art installation is great - Berlin is famous for it's traffic light man (Ampleman) and it's become a bit of an icon of the city. Fun to see all the others from around the world too.

Miss Kodee said...

I recently got an iphone. Naturally it will never replace my camera, but Instagram is fun in a different way!

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