Travel video of the week: The Stone Stockmen, Melbourne, Australia

Enjoy street art? Next time you’re in Melbourne, Australia, look up The Stone Stockmen. These living statues (or rather – living statue – since just one of them is real) delight and intrigue their audiences with shows that include stone props, slow motion, magic and crowd participation. Find him at Melbourne’s Burke Street Mall.

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Comments (5)

  1. Jack says:

    What a brilliant piece of performance art. What I like is that it takes the Melbourne people back to their past, reminds them of their heritage. It’s too easy in big cities to forget where we’ve come from.

  2. Caroline Bartlett says:

    This video to me sums up why we travel. Seeing the stockmen pushes you out of your comfort zone. The concrete colour puts modern cushy living into context. These guys had to work hard in tough colours. I just hope this guy makes a decent living from doing this.

  3. Leo Robarti says:

    Wonder what grade I’d have got if I had done this for my GCSE project?

    Though I might not have met the deadline. Huge amount of work in these statues.

  4. Carla L. says:

    I’ve seen similar acts where I am and it’s really amazing how they can stay still for long periods of time. Imagine not reacting when people inspect you up close or prods you, or do funny things in front of you. I would guess The Stockmen is already used to it. It takes a lot of skill and practice to do this.

  5. Piers says:

    All it needs is a quiet whistled chorus of “Waltzing Maltida” and this scene could epitomise Australia.

    People always talk of the pioneering spirit that made America great but it was people like the gritty stockmen who got Australia to where it is today.

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