There are a couple of unusual things that you might need to know if you come across this sculpture in London. The first is that it isn’t the work of one artist but of a collective.
That’s not terribly unusual but stand and watch the sculpture for a few minutes. Pay attention. He moves.
It’s not just that he moves like some sort of Victorian automaton. And he’s not a street performer just playing at being a statue. That would be easy. No, this guy has cameras in his plinth (a phrase I never thought I’d write) and when a member of the public is ‘spotted’ by the cameras, the statue will mimic their stance.
He has a few built-in, standard moves that he makes and the scarf he wears around his neck will move gently in the breeze but see how he is able to mimic passers by.
WHERE IS THE MONUMENT TO THE UNKNOWN ARTIST?
Monument to the Unknown Artist
25 Sumner St,
London SE1 9JA,
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