YOU might have seen them rooted to the spot in top tourist locations – those statues that suddenly take you by surprise by moving.
Suddenly, your brain registers that what you see is not bronze or stone but flesh, brilliantly disguised and uncannily still.
Now there’s to be a festival of “living sculptures” at The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland.
Aptly called Still, the festival is being produced by The Alnwick Garden in collaboration with Let’s Circus, a Newcastle-based circus outreach company.
From August 23-28, the popular tourist attraction will become the exhibition space for a series of outdoor installations based on the theme of human sculpture.
Four professional artists from across the country have been commissioned to create artworks with “a live human element at the core” – specifically, a live human at the core.
The contemporary commissions will be incorporated into the garden, complementing the beautifully cultivated landscapes.
Festival artworks will include The Alnwick Butterfly, a large structure representing the process of evolution from cocoon to fluttering beauty.
Walkways around the garden will be guarded by the Queen Gatekeepers, who will let punters pass only after a process of negotiation.
Amateur works will also be displayed during the festival, along with interactive pieces that visitors can put themselves into, such as human topiary plant pots.
A large cats and dogs chess set will be situated in front of the grand cascade with, visitors urged to become a pawn in the game.
Organisers hope this year’s inaugural festival will become an annual event at The Alnwick Garden. More details about all the garden’s summer events can be found at www.alnwickgarden.com, or call 01665 511081.