Magazine article Screen International

Lunch in the Air, and the Streets of Toronto

Magazine article Screen International

Lunch in the Air, and the Streets of Toronto

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As the subject of a documentary premiere, as well as a mobile sculpture display and a public re-enactment, the iconic photograph Lunch atop a Skyscraper is being brought to life this year at TIFF.Sean O Cualain, Rob Kraszewski, TIFF's Michele Maheux and Eamonn O Cualain in front of workers recreating the iconic image.

Taken in 1932, Lunch atop a Skyscraper depicts 11 workmen taking their lunch break on an iron beam in the Manhattan sky during the construction of the GE building. Since then, the image has become the world's most requested and reprinted photograph, widely loved for its surreal composition and the casual daring of its subjects.

Featured as part of the TIFF Docs programme, the Irish documentary Men at Lunch delves into the story of the photograph, which has previously remained a mystery. To commemorate the film's North American premiere, Toronto will play host to two reincarnations of the original image.

Yesterday, Sergio Furnari's sculpture Lunch atop a Skyscraper, which reenvisions the photograph in life-size form, arrived in Toronto. Attached to the back of a truck, the sculpture will be traveling the streets of the city over the course of the festival. …

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