The Traveling Man is a $1.4 million sculptural series designed by Brad Oldham, Brandon Oldenburg, and Reel FX Creative Studios. The artistic concept plants one foot in the rich history of Deep Ellum and the other foot in the neighborhood’s bright future. You can find them on which corner of the Dallas neighborhood . You might catch a different chapter of the story of giant robot, The Traveling Man, be it his birth, his stroll or his rest.
Awakening of the Traveling Man
The Traveling Man’s head is coming up from the ground, as if he is waking up from the earth below Deep Ellum. His eyes are closed: He is sleeping, but nearly awake. Perhaps he is still dreaming. His bird friends gather around because they know well that the jolly man will soon join them.
The Traveling Man’s head is a familiar shape, similar to a guitar head, which is where a musician controls the tuning of the strings.
Waiting on the Train
The Traveling Man is represented in full with a smile and a guitar as he sits with his legs leisurely crossed.
The Traveling Man is seen taking a jaunty stroll with his avian sidekicks on his arm and around his feet.
After the Eye sculpture, I found three Traveling Men hanging out in the Deep Ellum. It was drizzling but it didn’t dampen me from running over the rails. My car was illegally parked near the condos. I didn’t care less. I didn’t see the cops or meter maids around near my car. I did it all within 30 minutes and I didn’t get a ticket. Yahoo!
The Traveling Man, in all of his forms, are located not far from the Deep Ellum light rail station making him the ambassador for the area, reminding visitors and locals alike not only of the neighborhood’s history with trains but also its more recent history as a cradle for the arts.