The recession in 2008 led Scott Gerber from a career building luxury yachts into a career as a stick-figure sculptor.
Three years ago, Gerber sought to find a new outlet for his energies and some spare boatbuilding materials and decided to create a metal sculpture.
He dubbed it the “Tube Dude” and placed it on his dock. The simple, smiling stick-figure sculptures have become a structural art sensation. More than 900 have been sculpted and shipped as far as Paris.