Sleepwalking

I was fortunate to be in New York City for a day and had time to visit the High Line for the first time. This old elevated railway line ceased to be used in 1980 but was saved and converted into a 1.45 mile walk over the last 15 years or so. It first opened to the public in 2009 and includes planting and art installations as well as great views of the city. It is well worth the effort to see when visiting Manhattan.

Like many of the other visitors on this bright, but windy day I was particularly struck by Tony Matelli’s amazingly realistic painted bronze sculpture, “Sleepwalker.” Initially I thought it was a performance artist but quickly realized that there was no way he could have maintained that pose in the strong gusts of wind, and without goosebumps! It is a very interesting piece and got me a-thinkin’…

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Sleepwalker by Tony Matelli

 

~ Sleepwalker ~

Immobile he stands

With arms outstretched

Reaching for something

Unseen

What triggered his moment

Now frozen in time?

One thing is clear,

We all need a door.

Even those who sleepwalk

In daylight…

 

~Richard

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