The Reclining Man Square

Once, a statue was being erected in a busy street in China, when it was discovered that the legs of the statue had broken in the transit. The town mayor was to inaugurate the statue in a few hours and everybody got nervous about how to replace it in the meantime.

The clever workers realized that using two hinges they could support the statue in a reclining position.

And that is how the Reclining Man Square was born!

Β© 2013 Ankita Kala


48 thoughts on “The Reclining Man Square

  1. This reads like a folk story. It’s funny, but not so far from truth. I’ve done similar myself with a sculpture! And often, as an artist, an ‘accident’ leads to a revelation. I swear to this day that a splop of black paint dropped accidentally onto a sheet of paper won me a national art competition and thus also the school art prize! I dropped the black under the feet of a figure running a race. I saw that it made a black shadow and gave my painting a ‘temperature’. I dropped black paint under the feet of all the runners in the race. I was 10 years old at the time. It’s not the accident, but what you make of it, just like your story! Ann


    1. Hey Ann,
      I also felt like it’s a folk story after I read it for the first time after writing!
      Oh what a revelation it must have been at 10 to find that paint dropped accidentally can lead to a prize! Most kids would be scared they spoiled their chances.Right! ‘Temperature’. But I can imagine the effect must have been stunning.
      Yes, it’s not the accident, but what you make of it! We’ve both proved it! πŸ™‚
      Thanks for sharing such a lovely incident! πŸ™‚


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