The Traveling Man Sculptural Series Strides Toward The Finish Line In Deep Ellum
At the southwest corner of Good Latimer and Gaston Avenue, "The Traveling Man -- Waiting on a Train" leans against a concrete portion of the original Deep Ellum Tunnel, a nod to the tunnel that served as an entrance to Deep Ellum for so long. Here, the "Traveling Man" waits for the train as he strums his unique guitar. This location helps "frame" the Deep Ellum Rail Station and is located across from "The Traveling Man -- Walking Tall" sculpture, providing a gateway entrance to the neighborhood. In this pose, The Traveling Man shows that he's an artist. The birds surrounding him represent the spirit or art form that "The Traveling Man" shares with fellow travelers. The circular shape of the guitar body resembles the core of his own body, reminding viewers his music comes from his heart.
"Waiting on a Train" is a 9-foot tall sculpture sitting on a stained concrete pad. Its internal construction is steel, and the exterior of the sculpture is brushed stainless steel with hundreds of visible stainless steel monobolt rivets. He is leaning against a large section of the former Deep Ellum Tunnel, which will create a seating bench behind the sculpture, looking toward Deep Ellum. The birds are mirror-finish polished, cast stainless steel like the birds at both other sites. Lighting and landscaping mirror the other locations to create a cohesive feel throughout.
"The Traveling Man -- Awakening"
Corner of Good Latimer & Elm Street
To tie the rail station into the neighborhood, the corner of Good Latimer and Elm Street is significant as this location not only brings "The Traveling Man" concept into the heart of the neighborhood, but also encourages visitors and residents to gather, recharge, and continue exploring Deep Ellum. "The Traveling Man's" eight-foot-wide head rises from the ground as if he is emerging from the earth below Deep Ellum. As people meet, talk, sing, wait, and spend time in Deep Ellum, they can lounge on his approachable head. In addition, the birds offer their bodies to guests for generous seating. The path encourages visitors to step off the sidewalk to enjoy a short respite and watch the activities of the busy intersection.
Like the other two sculptures, this sculpture is made of brushed stainless steel while the birds are cast stainless steel, polished to a mirror finish. The site is xeriscaped, matching the other two sites, with crushed rock and stained concrete.
The completion of the Green Line and the official unveiling of the sculptures will be celebrated with a unique line-up of events in September. Details pertaining to those events will be revealed at a later time by DART.