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Don't worry! That Man on the Roof at Madison Square Park is a Statue

By DNAinfo Staff on March 10, 2010 8:28am  | Updated on March 10, 2010 8:09am

British artist Antony Gormley's exhibit
British artist Antony Gormley's exhibit "Event Horizon" will be installed on rooftops and sidewalks in the Flatiron District.
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By James Ewing, Courtesy Sean Kelly Gallery, New York and White Cube, London

By Mariel S. Clark

DNAinfo News Editor

MANHATTAN — Don't worry, they're not gonna jump.

Manhattanites may soon notice figures standing at the edges of buildings in the Flatiron District; they're part of a public art installation by British artist, Antony Gormley.

The 31 life-sized figures, cast from the artist's own body, are made of iron and fiberglass, according to the exhibit's Web site. By Thursday, the figures will be installed on sidewalks and paths in Madison Square Park as well as on top of landmarks including the Empire State Building, according to the site.

“I don’t know what is going to happen, what it will look and feel like, but I want to play with the city and people’s perceptions," Gormley said on the site. "My intention is to get the sculptures as close to the edge of the buildings as possible."

British artist Antony Gormley's exhibit
British artist Antony Gormley's exhibit "Event Horizon" will be installed on rooftops and sidewalks in the Flatiron District.
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By James Ewing, Courtesy Sean Kelly Gallery, New York and White Cube, London

Gormley first created the installation, titled "Event Horizon," for an exhibit in London but brought the figures to New York as part of Mad. Sq. Art, an outdoor gallery presented by the Madison Square Park Conservancy, the site said.

The sculptures looked real enough that the NYPD worried the exhibit might lead to 911 calls from concerned New Yorkers, an official told the Associated Press.

The exhibit officially opens on March 26 and will run through mid-August.