Statue mistaken for suicide

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A Sigmund Freud statue hanging from the side of a Grand Rapids, Mich., building led confused emergency workers to believe a man was preparing for suicide.

Czech sculptor David Cerny's "Man Hanging Out," a life-size sculpture of Freud meant to be bolted to high spots on buildings, was fastened to the seventh floor of a building across from the Van Andel Arena when it was noticed by concerned passersby who phoned authorities to report a possible suicide attempt, the Grand Rapids Press reported Thursday.


Police and firefighters arrived at the scene and fire crews sent to the roof of building discovered the beam holding the statue in place.

"We wanted people to notice this great piece and, since nobody saw us putting it up, I think it surprised people," said Lisa McManus, spokeswoman for the Open Concept Gallery, which installed the piece. "It is very realistic."

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