Brilliant Balancing Act!

Evanston Statue

Well now, who (what!) do we have here?  Why, it appears as if someone is a rather brave (or crazy) soul, doesn’t it? The first time I saw this ‘art’ I was taken aback.  From a distance it certainly seems that someone has clearly went out on a limb.  However, after ‘steadying’ myself for a moment, I realized it’s not a thrill seeker at all; why, it’s a piece of art!

Here is a closer look so you can have a better gaze at this startling steep-walker:

Evanston Statue 2

This begs the question, “Why?” Ah, I have an interesting answer to this pondering!  In the name of public art, the City of Evanston, Illinois placed this spunky silhouette on top of this building (there is a similar statue balancing its steel frame at the other end of ‘the beam’).  The art, entitled, “Encounter” shows the two figures purportedly walking toward each other on a plank.  The meaning behind this is to exemplify people from different backgrounds and cultures coming together as what occurs in ‘real’ life; we encounter each other while walking along the sidewalk, going out for dinner, or perhaps taking in a movie.

They say (whoever, “they” are!) that art imitates life; let me be clear about this.  You will never, EVER catch me up on a rooftop beam balancing myself in a flying Wallenda-style maneuver!  What about you?

  33 comments for “Brilliant Balancing Act!

  1. May 14, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I’ll go up there! lol I bet that creates quite the scene with tourists!

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    • May 14, 2015 at 9:49 am

      Oh I KNOW you’d go up there! *looks up at Andy, gets dizzy, sits down and waits*! I think it does, Andy! It did with me the first time I saw it! Let’s just say I was a bit, ‘freaked’! ;-P Cher xo

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      • May 14, 2015 at 11:26 am

        lol did you think someone was actually up there? 😄😄

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      • May 14, 2015 at 12:09 pm

        *Looks up, looks down, whistles, hums* um, no?? ;-P ;-P cher xo


  2. RMW
    May 14, 2015 at 9:55 am

    I bet this was a traffic stopper when it first was installed.

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    • May 14, 2015 at 9:57 am

      Oh yes, I agree! I think it must have been! And here’s an interesting piece of info.: to tie in with your comment, the art is above a parking garage!! *LOL* You’d need to park after seeing it? *grin* Cher xo

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  3. May 14, 2015 at 10:09 am

    I wonder if they’ve ever got any 911 calls for it?
    It’s certainly an interesting concept. 🙂
    Hope you have a wonderfully balanced day, Cher. 🙂
    Big hugs, Donna xo

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    • May 14, 2015 at 10:11 am

      I wonder that too, Donna!! I mean, from a distance it really appears as if it is ‘someone’, not ‘something’! Ah, perfect; and to you as well my dear! Thank you!! Big hugs, Cher xo

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  4. May 14, 2015 at 10:55 am

    We had something similar in London a few years ago, Cher.

    However, they were not hanging off the roofs like the one in your picture. They were simply standing at the edge of rooftops looking over the city. They were made of steel but looked very real from a distance and did cause a few phone calls to the Police and Fire Brigade departments.

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  5. May 14, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Wow, that’s really cool!

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  6. May 14, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Very cool but creepy too. 😲

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    • May 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      I have a say for that kind of thing, John; I refer to it as, “creepy neat”! 🙂 I think this art falls into that category! Cher xo

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  7. May 14, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Reblogged this on georgeforfun.


  8. May 15, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    They have similar statues in New York – I was worried it was a real person at first!

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  9. May 18, 2015 at 11:31 am

    This is why I like Evanston. They have some good shops, and they frighten the crap out of the locals every so often.


    • May 18, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      Boy, oh boy, do we ever have similar senses of humor!!!! *LOL* Agreed! Cher xo

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  10. May 26, 2015 at 10:43 am

    I wonder what people’s reactions where when it very first appeared!? I think the person looks suicidal and not connected to any one at this angle – weird.

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    • May 26, 2015 at 10:45 am

      There is another statue like it on the other side of the building. In my photo, it is not visible, but when you see the whole thing from a distance, the ‘pole’ ‘they’ are walking on and the two statues are all visible, making it much more understandable. However, when I first saw it, oh my goodness! I honestly thought it was someone walking around and I was a tad worried, I must say! I think others feel the same! Cher xo


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