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Living Statues Festival Argentina: See the Amazing Art of Not Moving

Welcome to the National Living Statues Festival of Bahía Blanca. Discover this cultural wonder of Argentina and the art of standing absolutely still.

National Living Statues Festival in Argentina

How much can silence transmit? And stillness? Is there communication between an immobile body and another that observes?

For more than seven consecutive years, in the city of Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, artists have arrived from different parts of the country and abroad to be part of the “National Living Statues’ Festival”.

This is an annual event that brings together living statues ­– generally in an outdoor space – and spectators, who are invited to move freely among the artists, without barriers or physical delimited spaces. The only rule that reigns is “respect”.

National Living Statues Festival of Bahía Blanca
National Living Statues Festival of Bahía Blanca

Coming to life at the statues festival

The art of the living statue begins with the creation of a character. This character often tells a story and it is materialized in the body of the artist. The body is the support of the character and it is completed with makeup, clothing, plastic creativity, special effects and accompanying objects.

The statue comes to life through subtle movements. With these subtle movements the artist interacts with the public.

But not only subtle movements are responsible to give life to the character. The statue also comes to life through stillness and silence, and it is precisely there where the greatest connection with the viewer is generated.

Living statues and fearless kids
Living statues and fearless kids

Interaction with the public

Imagine forest dryads, fairies, explorers, pirates, classical Greek statues, soldiers, nature beings and a beautiful moon. These are some of the characters that from their silence and stillness tell stories through their bodies as a medium.

Among the spectators are the smallest children who fearlessly and shamelessly approach the statues.

Their role is exchanging smiles and giving innocent looks of surprise and happiness. Yet there are also adults who give themselves for an instant the possibility of connecting with the statues through a glance or a moment of shared silence.

A fine collection of living statues
A fine collection of living statues

Statues festivals around the world

The city of Bahía Blanca is small in size and population compared to Buenos Aires or other cities in the country. However the local “National Living Statues’ Festival” could be at the height of the great festivals of living statues in the world. This includes the World Living Statues Festival (WLSF), in Arnhem, Holland or “Statues en Marche”, in Incourt, Belgium.

National Living Statues Festival of Bahia Blanca Socials

Written by Yamil Fernández

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