Attractions General--Downtown Architecture
Location: University and First Avenue (entrance to the Seattle Art Museum)
Artist: Jonathan Borosky (American)
Standing in front of the entrance to the Seattle Art Museum is one of Seattle’s largest sculptures: the Hammering Man. This 48 foot tall statue was erected in 1992 as part of the opening of the new Seattle Art Museum.
We would like to share some facts, a traditional photo of the Hammering Man and some different views of this First Avenue icon. The Hammering Man adds zest and a touch of whimsy to the corner of First Avenue and University. Photographers can have a lot of fun shooting this piece of art.
Hammering Man Vital Statistics:
Material--hollow fabricated steel body, aluminum movable arm, black automotive paint
Arm motor-3 h.p. electric motor
Installed in 1992
Original cost was $450,000
Arm movement statistics: His arm pounds the hammer four times each minute for 15 hours per day. That works out to 3,600 hammer blows a day.
The Seattle statue is one of several versions of the Hammering Man that Borosky has erected worldwide. The first version was in Frankfurt, Germany. In the states, there are copies in New York, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.
Unofficial decoration efforts include:
- A group of local artists affixed a 700 pound ball and chain to his ankle
- In December of 1996, a giant red and white cap was placed on his head by the "Hammering Santa Foundation".