Living statues in Arnem, Netherlands
Standing motionless or barely moving for hours on end in a city square under a blazing sun or in the cold while wearing a complicated costume might not, upon reflection, be the easiest way to earn a living. Whether fascinated or discomfited by this form of street art, visitors to Arnem, Netherlands, can expect encounters with such figures this weekend during the city’s World Statues Festival.
Participants in the competition are divided into three categories: professionals, amateurs and children ages 8-16. The competing “statues” will use all means available, including props, poses, out-of-this-world garb and motion to win the audience’s admiration.
“Statues by Night” takes place on city squares throughout Arnem from 9-midnight Saturday. On Sunday, visitors can see the living figures from 1-5 p.m. The event closes with a parade and awards ceremony on a stage in front of the Eusebius Church. City stores also will be open on this day. Learn more at www.worldstatues.nl (Dutch only).