Last year the Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli released a CD called Sacrificium, the cover art of which saw her posing as a living sculpture of the greco-roman kind. A fantastic CD of music incidentally even if it caused most grown men to go into a state of shock about what went on all those centuries ago...but that's another story.
It was probably the British duo of Gilbert and George who started the ball rolling on the development of living sculpture in 1970 when they posed at the gallery of art dealer Nigel Greenwood (1941-2004) at his Chelsea, London gallery. Their work was called Singing Sculptures and they performed the song 'Underneath the Arches' continuously. John Kaldor Art Projects bought this work to the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1973. Living sculptures have become a fixture at shows and fairs across the country and delight crowds as public art works. Yesterday these young men posed as coal miners and put on a great show.