I have been practicing the art of "Living Statue" for about seven years now. I'll tell you the story of how I decided to do it, the evolution of my various costumes, and who my partners have been. I'll include several videos too!
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Our favorite video, made by Brenda. This will vibrantly show you what it means to be a living statue.
When I was in highschool I attended Seattle's Bumbershoot music and art festival. I happened to see a silver statue man. He sat in a spraypainted chair. I thought it was cool, but I said to myself: "If I were to do that, I would interact with people more and disguise my features to enhance the coolness."
The next year, mom came up with a design for lycra hoods and gloves (swimsuit material). The only part of our bodies we had to paint now were the fronts of our faces. We made new costumes that were gray with a marbled black and white texture. We still kept the hats, even though our hair was covered. It seemed out of place to only wear the sunglasses.
Ah, 2004...a good year for our costumes. I invented a way to see through painted glasses: you scratch little holes in the paint and they look like more spots, hidden by the surrounding pattern. We looked great.
The crowd was more convinced we were real statues this time. We scared a lot of people.
We made it onto multiple TV shows, this one was "Street Smarts", a gameshow.
Another show we were on was King5's Evening Magazine hosted by John Curly. They actually sent out a camera crew with us and did some nice editing so I'll include that video too. If you look carefully in the last clip of video at bumbershoot you can see that Nat has joined us for a little while in his blue suit.
Alex moved away and can't always make it up for Bumbershoot now. So in 2006 I went with another good friend (Brian Cafferky) to Bumbershoot. Here we make an odd pose spelling out "MOM" to thank her for supplying our very valuable hoods and gloves...custom fit!
(Brian's hand is stained brown from hugging a girl with a fresh henna design and smearing it all over her shoulder. oops...)
It's interesting to think how many people there are that have me in their photos. So many albums, memory cards, emails, and videos have some image of us. It is safe to say that in ONE day, at a big festival, thousands of people take our pictures.
Through all this time, my wife Brenda has tagged along wielding a video camera and a backpack with water and straws for us. But VERY recently we put together a little costume for her with a skirt and a rubber wig. She's adorable in it and she had a lot of fun. Look at her experience of doing this HERE...
During August 2008 I created this sweet costume! Its supposed to look like Paul Revere, but I think it looks more like George Washington. I probably will just be "Anonymous Statue" Though I think it looks a lot like the living statue featured in the movie 'Amelie'...but better. Check out it's own creation page.