Hammering Man

The Hammering Man is a work of art of the American artist Jonathan Borofsky in different cities in the world. It represents the moving silhouette of a worker who moves a hammer against a symbolic workpiece. The movement of the hammer itself is motor driven so that no quick hammers movement arises but the hammer is just as slowly moved against the workpiece as it is being lifted.

The work of art is a symbol of the work that fact and also as a symbol of solidarity with all the people who work. The sculpture is available in different versions in some major cities in the world.

Each of the sculptures is different and have a different number on the back leg.


Jonathan Borofsky created his first Hammering Man in 1979 as part of an installation at the Paula Cooper Gallery. This sculpture was 3.4 meters high and made ​​of black painted plywood. Like the other versions also had this been an engine for the movable arm.

Borofsky intended from the outset to create multiple versions of the sculpture and install it in different places in the world. Both in enclosed spaces such as in private collections and in public spaces.



The sculpture in Seoul was built in 2002 and is 22 meters, the second largest of its kind, for it is with a weight of 50 tonnes, the heaviest. The sculpture is installed next to the building of Heungkuk Life in the district Gwanghwamun. A strike lasts 77 seconds. In August 2009, the sculpture was moved on behalf of the Seoul Metropolitan Government to 4.8 meters, so it is more accessible for pedestrians. 37 ° 34 ' 12 " N, 126 ° 58' 21" O37.5699126.9725


The Hammering Man of Basel stands on the square in front of the glass Aesch UBS headquarters since August 1989. The sculpture is 13.5 meters high, 15 centimeters thick and weighs nearly 8 tons. The number of leg is 3092778th 47 ° 33 ' 5 " N, 7 ° 35' 47" O47.55147.5963

In Frankfurt, the approximately 23 meters high and weighing 32 tons moving sculpture stands since 1991 before the Trade Fair Tower. It is the largest figure in the series. The number of leg is 3307624th 50 ° 6 ' 45 " N, 8 ° 39 ' 10" O50.11258.6528

The Hammrering Man in Lillestrøm was installed in 2010. The sculpture is 12 meters high and has a weight of 20 tons. 59 ° 57 ' 15 " N, 11 ° 2' 9" O59.954111.0359

North America

In Dallas there is a only about 6 feet tall version of the sculpture. This was completed by 1985. It stands in the garden of the Nasher Sculpture Center. The number of leg is 2947538th 32 ° 47 ' 20 " N, 96 ° 48 ' 3" W32.7889 - 96.8007

The " Hamm Ring Man at 2,938,405 " was donated by the Martin Z. Marguilies Foundation and is on the campus of the University of Gainsville, Florida. The sculpture is 7.3 meters high and how about 3.5 tons. The number of leg is 2938405th 29 ° 38 '11 "N, 82 ° 22 ' 11 " W29.6365 - 82.3697

The "Hammering Man at 3,110,527 " was realized in 1988. The sculpture is on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla in San Diego. The number of leg is 3110527th 32 ° 50 ' 41 "N, 117 ° 16' 40 " W32.8448 - 117.2777

The sculpture of Los Angeles was also installed in 1988. She stands behind the California Market Center. 34 ° 2 ' 27 " N, 118 ° 15' 18" W34.0409 - 118 255

In Minneapolis, a sculpture in the Crystal Court of the IDS Center was installed in 1995. 44 ° 58 ' 33 "N, 93 ° 16' 21" W44.9759 - 93.2724

Built in 1992 sculpture stands in front of the Seattle Art Museum in Seattle. It is 14.6 meters high. The number of leg is 3277164th 47 ° 36 ' 25 " N, 122 ° 20' 17 " W47.607 - 122.3381

Other locations

Other versions of the Hammering Man can be found in New York City and Washington DC


A man-sized replica of this figure was the occasion of a demonstration against neo-Nazis of a citizens' initiative placed on the Hülya -Platz in Frankfurt -Bockenheim and left after discussions in the town council there. The figure is intended as a memorial to remember the firebombing of Solingen. It shows the Hammering Man, as he strikes with a hammer a swastika. By means of a crank could perform the movements themselves. The figure kept falling prey to various destruction experiments. In April 2007 it was dismantled and scrapped. She was recently badly damaged and rusted, so she was considered a threat to public safety. Meanwhile, the figure was replaced by a successor.

Another imitation is in Eimeldingen in the front yard of a locksmith that has the sculpture made ​​obvious for advertising purposes directly to the main road 3.