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Man spends three days buried beneath a road


Posted on Monday, 18 June, 2018 | Comment icon 9 comments

Parr was buried beneath the streets of Hobart. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Wiki ian
Performance artist Mike Parr has emerged after spending 72 hours buried within a coffin-like box.
The 73-year-old was interred in the middle of a busy road in the heart of Tasmania's capital Hobart where he spent his time reading, drawing and meditating as the traffic thundered overhead.

The steel container was equipped with a tube for oxygen to be pumped down and he was supplied with bedding, water, waste buckets, pencils and a sketchpad.

Crucially, however, he was not permitted to eat any food whatsoever the entire time.

Presented as a piece of performance art named 'Underneath the Bitumen the Artist', the stunt was billed as a tribute to the victims of 20th century totalitarian violence.

Parr eventually emerged today, seemingly none the worse for wear following the ordeal, to the cheers of bystanders who had gathered to watch as workers spent two hours digging him up.

Concrete will later be poured in to the hole to preserve the tomb as a time capsule.


Source: News.com.au | Comments (9)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by seanjo on 18 June, 2018, 11:12
More of a room than a coffin.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Timonthy on 18 June, 2018, 11:30
Quite spacious. I hope that he got something positive out of it. He seems like a pretty individual guy.  Also I hope that it wasn’t solely paid for by others taxes. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Eldorado on 18 June, 2018, 11:38
They never made the most of it. While he was under they could've had a national TV phone-in vote; Should we dig him up again? Yes or No.
Comment icon #4 Posted by seanjo on 18 June, 2018, 11:51
I find such things, pretentious and an utter waste of time and money.
Comment icon #5 Posted by UFOwatcher on 18 June, 2018, 15:37
As others point it is hardly a coffin. We all know what a coffin looks like and this is more of a room or a tomb. Silly stunt.
Comment icon #6 Posted by pallidin on 18 June, 2018, 19:00
Maybe his next "performance art" will be acting like a normal human. Could be hard for him, though...
Comment icon #7 Posted by Timonthy on 19 June, 2018, 11:15
I agree. For me this is up there with other shock-art type pieces which I find unnecessary, and see of little value.  If the guy himself, or someone else, can argue why this is a worthwhile exercise, I may reconsider.
Comment icon #8 Posted by DanL on 20 June, 2018, 22:34
So, he laid in a bed, read and relaxed mostly alone for three days and didn't eat. I did that not long ago when I had the flu and my wife quarantined me.
Comment icon #9 Posted by freetoroam on 20 June, 2018, 22:49
Time capsule? What is the point of that? It is not as if there is anything anyone could learn  from what he did. So they want to preserve his sh!t buckets, some pencils and a sketchpad. Sorry, i seem to be missing something here! Will it be worth removing the cement in the future for any of that? 


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