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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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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  6. Street art really shows how creative and innovative the people in a certain country are. It reflects how they use resources ingeniously and add a touch of their culture and history in their designs. I hope a lot of people would be able to appreciate these artists and the fact that they exerted a lot of effort in doing this.

  7. What an interesting idea, to have just one real person underneath the stone disguise! I have relatives who live in Australia, some specifically in Melbourne. I’ll have to send this to them and ask if they’ve seen the Stone Stockmen!

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