Deliciously warm weather yesterday prompted me to spend an afternoon engaging in two of my passions: bicycling and photography.
“Man With Briefcase,” a sculpture by American artist Jonathan Borofsky, soars above Burnett Plaza on the western edge of downtown. Essentially, it’s a cutout silhouette in a huge upright slab of brushed aluminum of a man with a fedora and a briefcase.
Created in 2002, the sculpture is 50 feet tall, 22 feet wide and a foot thick. It weighs 12 tons.
In the months after it was erected, Fort Worthians were ambivalent about the sculpture. Some loved it; some hated it. Some wondered why the figure in the silhouette is wearing a fedora instead of a cowboy hat.
Fort Worth’s nickname is “Cowtown,” after all!
“Whether or not ‘Man With Briefcase’ is still hot conversation fodder is moot,” Fort Worth Weekly observed on April 2, 2008. “He does what most public art is supposed to: Get people thinking about their surroundings and also in new ways.”
Here are some of the photographic results of a splendid day out and about on a bike: