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Artist freed from marble block after 19 days


Posted on Friday, 1 December, 2017 | Comment icon 5 comments

Internet users could watch the performance online. Image Credit: YouTube / Visit Oostende
Belgian artist Mikes Poppe chained himself to the marble to highlight the 'inescapable burden of history'.
The peculiar stunt, which ended up lasting a whopping 438 hours, saw Poppe live exclusively inside a courthouse in the Belgian coastal city of Ostend while chained to a large block of marble.

Each day, visitors could come and watch as the artist slowly chipped away at the block with a chisel. He also ate, slept, washed and drew while imprisoned inside the unique exhibit.

Unfortunately however, despite his best efforts, he was ultimately unable to break free of the block and ended up having to be rescued by having the chain cut with a power tool.

"This block was symbolic of history, the history of art, which I am trying to free myself from," he said. "I discovered that this is not possible. It is burden which I must always carry."


Source: The Guardian | Comments (5)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by quasar_kid on 1 December, 2017, 13:52
I love my country 3
Comment icon #2 Posted by WoIverine on 1 December, 2017, 14:45
Another modern art masterpiece.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Stiff on 1 December, 2017, 17:38
He's lost his marbles.
Comment icon #4 Posted by jarjarbinks on 2 December, 2017, 0:20
World of Warcraft players do the same thing each and every single day lol
Comment icon #5 Posted by Piney on 7 December, 2017, 18:27
That's not art. That's a screwball screaming for attention.


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