Walking Figures

Walking Figures

In auto sales, a situation in which a potential customer tells a salesperson that he/she wishes to look at some other dealerships. The salesperson will respond by quoting an impossibly low sales price for a vehicle. The intent of walking figures is to encourage the customer to come back to that dealership, at which time the salesperson will quote the real price.
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This is used along with a march-like theme reminiscent of the walking figures in songs like Mahler's "Die zwei blauen Augen" (from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen), which alternate with static chords under recitative sections.
From up close, these material mechanisms dominated the viewer's vision, but from twenty paces away, the central cluster of projections resolved into a coherent cinematic image: a current of walking figures moving toward the camera before literally splintering into glittering fragments of color at either side of the frame.
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. Throughout his own prolific career Opie has amassed art from the past including 17th and 18th century British portraiture by artists such as Joshua Reynolds and George Romney, together with Egyptian sculpture from the ancient world.
These ambiguous forms are, in my opinion, walking figures. In the Kailasanatha they are one variant of the aspect of Siva that figures elsewhere as the Mendicant.
Later the walking figures appear in elevation in a cross section of the building and its atrium.
The architect of Chase Manhattan's headquarters downtown, Gordon Bunshaft, had envisioned three colossal walking figures, high enough to stand up to the looming office buildings with which the space was surrounded.
Movement, the fourth dimension--or, more precisely, the illusion of it--runs through this collection, from the dynamic swirling skirts of Picasso's dancers and the walking figures to the pencil-drawn automobiles, trains and cafes of Balia, Roberto Baldessari and Rafael Barradas.
Either way it's always entertaining and worth a pause (especially the two LED sculptures of walking figures atop the Tweed Courthouse steps).
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.