11 December 2008

santa bard

Victoria Square / Birmingham, United Kingdom
The Bard of Avon - preeminent dramatist - as a street performance artist doing Santa. I guess it makes some sense and he did pen at least one Christmas poem that I know of. This type of street art is definitely popular these days - you see it everywhere. A performer dressed as some recognizable character spray painted gray or silver to resemble a statue who stands completely motionless for much longer than I would ever have patience for. And then - once an unsuspecting child gets close enough to satisfy its curiosity, the performer makes a sudden movement - and terrified, the child bursts into tears. Entertaining to the parent I guess, who is standing there hoping to capture it all on film.

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