George Segal

Walk, Don't Walk
1976

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Date
1976

Classification
Sculpture

Medium
Plaster, cement, metal, painted wood and electric light

Dimensions
Overall: 109 1/8 × 72 × 74 3/8in. (277.2 × 182.9 × 188.9 cm)

Accession number
79.4a-f

Credit line
Purchase, with funds from the Louis and Bessie Adler Foundation, Inc., Seymour M. Klein, President, the Gilman Foundation, Inc., the Howard and Jean Lipman Foundation, Inc. and the National Endowment for the Arts

Rights and reproductions
© The George & Helen Segal Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


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  • America Is Hard to See, Kids

    George Segal, Walk, Don’t Walk, 1976

    George Segal, Walk, Don’t Walk, 1976

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    Narrator: Walk, Don’t Walk. Walk, Don’t Walk. George Segal included a real street sign in this sculpture—something we see every day. Take a look at the people standing underneath the sign. To make these figures, Segal used plaster-soaked medical bandages, which he wrapped right onto real people’s clothes, faces, and bodies. When the bandages harden he’d peel them off, and shape them into molds that he filled with plaster to make a sculpture. This means that these figures’ eyes, noses, and mouths come directly from real people’s features. But there’s almost no color, which gives them a kind of ghostly, anonymous feeling. Can you tell what’s on their minds? Do you think they’re doing anything special? Segal paid close attention to the way people walked around cities—he thought they seemed like they were hypnotized.



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