The New Britain Museum of American Art may be on to something. The security guard that is on duty at the front entrance to the galleries works 24/7, requires no sleep, no food and no pay. The guard, of course, is actually a work of art, a hyper-realistic sculpture by artist Marc Sijan. Museum patrons do double-takes all day long as they enter the glass doors to the galleries under the watchful eye of the “Security Guard.” The sculpture is so realistic that many are inclined to reach out and touch it but they are strongly, and loudly, advised against doing that by the staff manning the front desk. The polyresin sculpture, from 2006, uses layers of acrylics, acids and oil paints to create the life-like look.
Don Coughlin of Bethel does a double-take as he enters the New Britain Museum of American Art as he passes a very life-like security guard which is actually a work of art and on display in the museum’s entry hall. The polyresin sculpture was created by artist Marc Sijan in 2006 and is referred to as Hyper-realistic. Coughlin works at a golf course and spends his five month off-season visiting art museums every week.
Pat McKernan of Farmington, left, and Gina Koppel of West Hartford, get a closer look at a very life-like security guard which is actually a work of art and on display in the the New Britain Museum of American Art entry hall.