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A French performance artist spent a week inside a wooden statue of a “lion man”

Hannah Yi
By Hannah Yi

Video Journalist

The French artist Abraham Poincheval’s latest act of isolation put him inside a giant wooden statue. For a week.

It’s not the first time the claustrophile artist has intentionally shut himself in: He has also ensconced himself in a giant rock, a bear sculpture, and giant glass case (the goal was to use his own body heat to hatch chicken eggs). This time, he climbed into a sculpture of a prehistoric lion man in Aurignac, France, where he survived on 20 liters of water and dried fruit and meat.

The performances are often in spaces where the public can interact with Poincheval. The glass case performance was at Palais de Tokyo Contemporary Art Museum in Paris. His recent statue entrapment featured an opening where visitors could speak to him.

Watch our video to see Poincheval before and after his isolation.

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