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An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

April 7, 2010 at 7:54 AM

Hammering Man gets back to work

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The construction crane next to Hammering Man Tuesday morning drew the attention of many people walking by. Seattle’s iconic scultpure representing the worker in all of us was getting its arm back.
Doug Smith, who was showing the city to friends from Hawaii, said “the guy deserved a break.” True, who wouldn’t after almost 18 years of pounding about 4 times a minute?
But, more than a break, it was a sick leave that put Hammering Man out of a job. The motor that powers his arm had to be fixed after going idle last summer. “It had to be sent back to somewhere in Illinois,” said Larry Tate, principal of FS Ltd., the contractor putting the scultpure back together, after coming down from bolting the arm into place.
For Nicole Griffin, who works at the Seattle Art Museum, seeing Hammering Man all together again is like getting your neighbor back. “Seattle has become attached to it,” she said. “People are attracted to sculptures that move.”
Olaf Malachowski is one of those Seattleites who loves walking by the sculpture. “I like that it speaks for an often forgotten class of people,” he said, adding that one of the great things about Seattle is that there’s so much public art. “Without the art it’s just a bunch of buildings and a bunch of Starbucks.”
Art does a job indeed.

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