Segal felt that "a minute of existence is miraculous and extraordinary." His work freezes those minutes, allowing them to be studied in depth. To achieve this effect in The Red Light, Segal worked with a live model, soaking cloth in a durable white industrial plaster to cast the figure in sections. He then cut the cast into sections, reassembled the pieces, and adjusted the pose. The figure's all-white surface and lack of specific facial features convey a sadly anonymous presence, offering a metaphor for the reality of daily, city life.

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The Red Light, 1972

plaster and mixed media, Overall: 289.50 x 243.80 x 91.40 cm (113 15/16 x 95 15/16 x 35 15/16 inches). Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1974.22

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