Monday, 03 September 2012 20:49
The emblematic human statue leaves Plaza de Armas to compete in Europe.
Santiago’s emblematic “Copper Man,” a human statue performer who has become a fixture in the city’s Plaza de Armas, will represent Chile later this month in an international living statue competition in the Netherlands.
For the Copper Man, also known as Danilo Parraguez, the national competition is “a dream come true.” The World Statues Championship
for professional living statues is the largest of its kind in the world. Entrants must participate in a live performance including the mastery of suspended motion, and can enter with one or more performers.
Parraguez will enter alone, and after 10 years of street performance, he’s had plenty of practice.
The street artist first donned the mining gear and head-to-toe copper paint after he found his first occupations of lumberjack and cowboy to be unsatisfactory. Parraguez later worked odd jobs for the copper company Coldeco, where he discovered his desire to become a miner. Simply being Copper Man, Parraguez told local media
, is enough to satisfy him.
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