The Performers

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The Performers is a large-scale sculpture by Frank Fleming located in the Daniel Theatre Foyer, or lower lobby, of the Alys Stephens Center at UAB. The artwork was commissioned for the space by Samuel Barker.

The sculpture depicts three life size male nude figures with animal heads atop a tall tree trunk. One, with the head of a dog, holds a lute. The second, with the head of a rabbit, holds a pair of ballet slippers. The third, with the head of a goat, holds a theater mask.

The base of the trunk is supported by two turtles, and two hares. A gecko and a treehouse adorn the shaft, and a spray of small branches with leaves resembling grape leaves encircle the top, just below the large figures.

The bronze casting was executed by Brad Morton.

The sculpture is visible in the 2011 feature film Lifted, part of which takes place at the Alys Stephens Center.