The Yoga Man sculpture that has been posing for about eight months atop teeny island Blakely Rock within view of the Bainbridge-Seattle ferry toppled over yesterday, September 8. Sculptor Ethan Curie said the first thing he thought when he heard the news was, “I hope nobody got hurt.” Nobody did—other than the 12-foot granite figure.
Currie, who weighs 200 pounds, said he had climbed all over the sculpture during the installation and it was secure enough to hold his weight, so he has “very little confidence it fell over by itself. In fact zero.” He said someone would “have had to get it rocking” to knock it down, so the fall was likely caused by vandalism. Currie said that the night before the fall, while riding the ferry, he had the thought that he probably needed to get out to Blakely Rock to stabilize the sculpture.
The artist, who kayaked out to the island last night to see it for himself after hearing about the fall, said he plans to clean up the sculpture and haul the parts away from the island. He said he will sell it to the highest bidder if people are interested.
When I asked if he had plans to rebuild it there, he said he would not unless he received an overwhelming public response. Then he would take evidence of that support to the federal government, which owns Blakely, and request permission. He said doing public art without official sanction is “not something you do in the same place twice.”
If you want Yoga Man back in vrksasana pose—whether on the rock or in your own yard—you can contact the artist on his website.
Photo by Julie Hall.