Marblehead architect’s ‘Walking Man’ survives nor’easter

Architect Tom Saltsman endured battering winds and rain during the recent Nor’easter to protect and secure his latest Halloween installation outside his home at 32 Pleasant Street. “The Walking Man” is an 18-foot-tall ghost of an elderly, skeletal man, captured in a moment of motion and representing a year of loss.

“The Walking Man” is notably different from Saltsman’s more whimsical creations over the years. “This is about self-reflection for our family, and the people we’ve lost over the past year,” he said.

Walking Man

Courtesy photo/Tom Saltsman

A town tradition

Saltsman has been creating Halloween installations for years, attracting people from around the North Shore and beyond. Last year, he built a 22-foot-tall hulking gorilla that moved its head and made noise. Saltsman has also made a ghost ship (which people could come inside, pre-COVID), a dragon that puffed smoke, a spaceship, and more. (Story: Marblehead Reporter)

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