Julian Opie exploded on to the British art scene in the 1980s; his easily recognisable style characterised by minimalist line portraits and animated walking figures
After The Reflecting Pool, visitors walk through installations including Heaven and Earth (1992), in which footage of a dying woman is reflected in the face of a newborn baby, and The Veiling (1995), a double projection of walking figures
on hanging layers of translucent scrim, which, on my visit, was temporarily installed in the studio (Fig.
These ambiguous forms are, in my opinion, walking figures
Later the walking figures
appear in elevation in a cross section of the building and its atrium.
Either way it's always entertaining and worth a pause (especially the two LED sculptures of walking figures
atop the Tweed Courthouse steps).
The subjects watched movies of whole and fragmented walking figures
and detected changes in the pattern of walking, while the fMRI identified the reactions of their brains.
L'Homme qui Marche, although a couple of decades later, belongs to that same group of Rodin's walking figures
as St John and The Age of Bronze.