Taken for the March 2012 Photo A Day group
Day 11 - Metal
Statue is called The Traveling Man. He's 38 feet tall, weighs 35,000 pounds, is made entirely of steel and is the new ambassador for Deep Ellum.
What makes the Traveling Man an apt representative for Dallas' Deep Ellum district? Well, his guitar-shaped head is a nod to the community's rich musical presence, his long limbs tout the area's engaging nature and the building material represents the district's industrial history.
Three separate sculptures of the Traveling Man sit within blocks of DART's new Deep Ellum light rail station.
The artwork is the brainchild of Brandon Oldenburg and his team at Reel FX Creative Studio, a visual effects company based in Deep Ellum. DART awarded a $1.36 million contract to Oldenburg to bring the Traveling Man to life. He beat out four other finalists. Oldenburg brought Dallas-based designer and sculptor Brad Oldham into the project to take the Traveling Man from concept to reality.