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New downtown sculpture causes scare

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Has anyone seen this in person yet?

http://blog.mlive.com/grpress/2007/12/scul...ntic_calls.html

GRAND RAPIDS -- A sculpture of Sigmund Freud hanging from a downtown building attracted more attention than anticipated on its first day looming near Fulton Street, drawing police and fire crews responding to reports of a possible suicide attempt.

The Open Concept Gallery installed the life-sized "Man Hanging Out" display Tuesday over its 50 Louis Ave. NW building, and word had yet to filter to authorities. At night, the art tricked motorists and shoppers, who believed a man was in danger.

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Oh, that's what was going on last night...

I was driving down Fulton and the police/firemen had Ionia/Louis shut down. There was a decent crowd of people standing around, looking up at the roof. When I got home, I scoured the internet for the story--figured it was a guy who had a bad day. This makes me feel much better as it kind of left me uneasy.

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That crazy 'art'! What will the kids think of next?

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Haha.. I was at O'Tooles last night, and there was 2 girls at the bar. One of which looked like she had been crying hysterically and all distraught. The other girl was telling how traumatized they both were because they saw a "man that hung himself from a building".

Glad to see it was a non event.

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So if he lost his grip and slipped and it really was Freud, would that be a Freudian slip?

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That crazy 'art'! What will the kids think of next?

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Haha.. I was at O'Tooles last night, and there was 2 girls at the bar. One of which looked like she had been crying hysterically and all distraught. The other girl was telling how traumatized they both were because they saw a "man that hung himself from a building".

Glad to see it was a non event.

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We've hit it big now:

http://www.ceskenoviny.cz/news/index_view.php?id=285330

http://www.pr-inside.com/us-sculpture-mist...ing-r333884.htm

http://canadianpress.google.com/article/AL...y5tNptOjq5Ga_Vg

Here he is if you haven't seen him yet:

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BTW: the sculpture is being shown by Open Concept Gallery, which now resides in the top floor of 50 Louis (the old Masonic Temple space apparently).

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The mlive story sez "The gallery took out the proper permits for the exhibit." In all seriousness, what permits do you need to bolt a sculpture to your roof? I don't have any immediate plans, I'm just curious.

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The mlive story sez "The gallery took out the proper permits for the exhibit." In all seriousness, what permits do you need to bolt a sculpture to your roof? I don't have any immediate plans, I'm just curious.

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I went by to see the sculpture today. From Monroe Center, I can VERY easilly see how someone would be startled by it. It was quite clear out and from that vantage point, looked like he was hanging (not by the arm) as well. When getting closer the fact he was holding on was more apparant, but I could also tell that the beam and man is not one contiguous piece of material. He was swaying in the wind. I can imagine at night it would be very convincing.

Afterwards I unintentionally ran into a source of perpetual high-pitched screams and, quite possibly, Hannah Montana as I TRIED to get back to Central Station. Thankfully as I gazed at human sidewalk-block around her bus, I saw my bus home come from right behind and saved me from the noise and hysteria.

Here's an idea for green energy sources, as per Monsters Inc: Put Hannah Montana and a few hundred young girls in a room and you could power Michigan for years off the screams.

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Here's an idea for green energy sources, as per Monsters Inc: Put Hannah Montana and a few hundred young girls in a room and you could power Michigan for years off the screams.

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