George Segal, commissioned by Butler Square's owner, created this innovative sculpture to commensurate the opening of Butler Square's West Atrium in 1981. Segal created each figure by observing real life trapeze flyers who posed for days in the actual positions pictured. Plaster was applied to the models, and then removed in sections. The sections were then plastered together piece by piece. The final sculptures were made of wire, wood, and plaster.
Using mountaineering gear, local mountaineers scaled the building's wooden beams and hung the 72" x 144" x 20" Circus Flyers.