Walking Man I, 1960
Homme qui marche I

Due to technical necessities, some of Giacometti's larger plasters had to be divided into several parts before they could be made into bronze castings at the foundry. In order to preserve the original substance of the plasters, the respective works owned by the Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung are usually not reassembled permanently.

ʻHomme qui marche Iʼ was modelled directly in plaster on an iron armature. From 1961, the plaster served as a template for bronze casts. The upper body and base were cast using the lost wax technique, and the legs, using the sand-casting method. In the foundry, the work was cut through at the thighs and at the ankles prior to the making of the moulds.

A reddish sealant and talcum as a release agent were applied to the detached legs as part of the sand-casting process. The upper body and base were coated with yellow-brown sealant and mrelease agent prior to the making of the gelatine mould.

Plaster, coated with sealant and release agent
183 x 26 x 98 cm
Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung, Donated by Bruno and Odette Giacometti, 2006
Object number
GS 354
  • Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft | Kunsthaus Zürich (Museum), ab 2006, Leihgabe
  • Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung (Sammlung), 2006, Geschenk
  • Bruno und Odette Giacometti, Nachlass
  • Alberto Giacometti