In 2000, Tom Otterness was commissioned to add some little men to the Hilton Times Square's north and south entrances in a sculptural group called Time and Money Creatures in funny hats dangle over clocks, Buddha-like being sits and meditates, two large policemen hold up the metal beam, and figures handle oversized monetary pieces. Meanwhile, on the 41st Street antrance, Male Tourist and Female Tourist look up at one of the clocks from below, the man holding tight to their luggage, the woman taking a picture with her giant camera.
Kansas-born New York City-based artist Tom Otterness has created a cast of playful bronze characters that can be found all over the city as well as throughout the country and in Europe. In 2001, he installed his massive Life Underground in the 14th Street-8th Avenue Subway station. In 2005, he installed The Marriage of Money and Real Estate off Roosevelt Island. And his The Real World attracts the fancy of children in Battery Park City.