The artist died in his New Mexico studio before finishing this sculpture. Tragically, a piece of one of his works fell and severed an artery in his leg. I doubt that any city in the world boasts an emergency response time fast enough to save a life in such a situation.
This is a sad reminder of how fragile human beings are when hit in just the wrong spot. (click pic to enlarge)
When properly outfitted with gear and training, however, they can be amazingly resilient. The sculpture the late Luis Jimenez never finished was dedicated on June 15, 2007, to commemorate the 76 Cleveland firefighters who have died in the line of duty since the department’s inception in 1862.
At the time I shot this photograph, it was merely a colorful eyecatcher amid the gray of Cleveland’s winter. I am glad I researched later to find out why it was there, and the story behind it. As usual, real life was much more interesting than anything I could have imagined.
Camera: Canon PowerShot S95
Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec
Focal Length: 105mm
Metering Mode: Spot