To create this work, Julian Opie begins with a video of two people walking. Using computer software, the artist eliminates most of the details in the original image, but retains the outlines and movements. He makes drawings of the figures at regular intervals. He joins these drawings together to produce figures that move with the fluidity of real human beings. The drawings are translated into a format that can be played by the LED panels to create a continuous animation. The heads of these figures are simple circles. Since they appear to be anonymous and identical, we might be tempted to regard them as symbols for every man and woman; but the title Opie gives them references specific people–Kiera and Julian, Bruce and Sarah.
Courtesy of The Gateway Foundation.
Dimensions: 73 x 38 x 10
Year Completed: 2002
Material: LED Double Sided Monolith
Owner: Gateway Foundation