Greg Tingle (Media and Communications Director of
Human Statue Bodyart, Human Entertainment and Media
Man, Independent Artist and Living Statue Model
Statue Bodyart Media
Statue Bodyart Media
Man Int Art
When I grow up, I want to be
a living statue
did you get started as a living statue?
been doing it for five years now. I always had an
appreciation of art - my mum is an artist and this
career caught my eye - how they combined together
art and marketing and branding. I had a background
in advertising and marketing and I was impressed with
the way living statues combined artistic creations
with events and branding in the corporate world. I
started to enquire and turn up to events that used
live statues - so I thought I may as well become part
do you do day-to-day?
is a real variety of areas to perform in. You get
to become part of an actual creation and it's a really
diverse range of people who want human statues - one
day it might be a high end hotel, one day it might
be a race track, the next week it might be for a charity.
On a typical day, I'll arrive an hour beforehand to
be painted and get dressed ready for wherever I'm
performing that day - this can be a long process for
your favourite character to become?
best ones are where I get to move a little bit and
interact with some guests! I like being the joker
or the jester because it allows me to be a bit playful
- I feel like I can be myself. Being Captain Cook
is a lot of fun as well because that's got some historical
value, and I also got to slip in the occasional 'aye
aye captain'. The more challenging ones are the ones
where you are dressed up and not allowed to move.
It's actually incredibly tiring to stay in one position
for a long time.
those jobs, how do you remain completely still while
others are talking and moving around you?
often think about the days I used to be an Air Cadet
in the Australian Air Force. It's a bit like the drills
we used to do - only you're wearing something a little
more colourful - and I use a lot of the skills I learnt
there about how to focus on a task at hand. You're
supposed to be a statue standing still - so that's
what you've got to do. We often get a short break
where you can stretch your legs and arms for thirty
seconds to make sure you don't pass out on the job.
You have to make sure you have something to eat beforehand
and drink lots of water throughout.
thanks for the practical tips! How do people react
to you as a living statue?
always want you to do something or respond - that's
part of the fascination! People often beg and plead
with you to show that you're actually a person. Sometimes
I like to give them a small gesture - a wink or a
wave to make them wonder if I'm real, without breaking
the illusion for everyone else.
I've heard of other living statues in the industry
who have had some trouble with people though. There
was a living statue on the Gold Coast earlier this
year where a member of the public was provoking the
statue - he put his finger in his ear, poking him
and all sorts. It didn't end very well for the person
that was taunting him because the statue retaliated
by punching him! Thankfully though that's an isolated
there different requirements placed on male and female
female statues have a lot more diversity in the roles
they play, and I think they can be more creative.
They also often get to interact with the audience
more often. Female statues are much more popular for
private events, though most of the public living statues
you see are male.
what is it that people love about human statues?
think people love to try to catch you out! There's
something about a still statue - which on first glance
may seem to be stone or marble - being alive. It's
Earth Arts Festival, Western Australia
art - Andy Warhol inspired and themed living Statue
You Think You Can Dance
With The Enemy