Saturday, August 19, 2017


Being busy here at the moment, I direct you over to my writer's blog, where I have a photo post scheduled to go live today when this one does. It's part of the Ottawa Welcomes The World embassy series, this one focusing on Macedonia.

Living statues were also on hand during Buskerfest. The Daughters Of Midas have been here before, and are a delight to watch. They were positioned before the large bear sculpture that stands at Sparks and Metcalfe. This act is different from other buskers, which will tend to draw crowds right around for the performance over a half hour. This is more transitory- you stop by, have a look, put some money in, and take selfies with them (incidentally, can you tell I don't take many selfies?). All the while these two ladies are interacting with the public in hilarious or cute ways. And toddlers don't quite know what to make of them.


  1. interesting, this reminds me of some live mannequins that stores had in their windows. Wonderfully creative.

  2. These ladies look like fun. I've seen a few characters like this and enjoyed them. And do I see a familiar face in that second to last shot??

  3. What a fun time. Yes I saw a familiar face! Have a fun day!

  4. I could sit there for hours, I think ... just watching and photographing ...
    What a cute selfie. :-)

  5. Hello, the living statues are cool. Lots of fun too. Great photos. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  6. Selfie with statue is amazing.
    Hope the tip buckets are running over!


  7. @Tom: it's fun to watch.

    @Kay: yes, that's my ugly mug! :)

    @Linda: it was!

    @Nancy: thanks!

    @Jan: their interaction with people is priceless.

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @Janis: they were doing good!

  8. They look like they are quite good at it!

  9. I saw a lot of these kind of performers last time I was in London.

  10. The live statues always catch my attention . Art is to get people's reaction and you show how the crowd reacts.

  11. Nice Selfie
    Took me a few seconds there. Made me laugh. Thank you

  12. Oh you made me smile William, I needed that 😀 The girls certainly picked a brilliant spot to do their thing!

  13. Well done with the selfie! I have enjoyed such performances in other cities!

  14. So very wonderful and fun fun fun !
    Love the bear too.

    cheers, parsnip

  15. They are wonderful! I always love seeing them. I usually drop some money in, however my daughter and I encountered a rather rude one in Vienna, Austria who had an umbrella handy and opened it rather forcefully in front of his face if you tried to take a photo without giving him the money first. We walked away.

  16. The bear adds so much to the scene.

  17. I like seeing them especally when they move suddenly and scare passers by

  18. @RedPat: they were!

    @Sharon: it's such a treat to watch.

    @Red: that's true!

    @Maywyn: you're welcome.

    @Grace: they did indeed.

    @Christine: I always look forward to this festival.

    @Parsnip: thank you.

    @Lois: I've seen that done before.

    @Marleen: it does- it was a good choice for their setting.

    @Bill: I like that too.

  19. Oh my William! so close & personal ;) We saw some live statues when visiting Barcelona a few years ago. It was my first encounter with them, and the guys we posed with were really teasing my kids ... such fun!

  20. Fun, yes, but I can't imagine what it must be like to be slathered in that stuff.

  21. Definitely fun to see. I like the bear sculpture too, it was a great place for them to set up there and kind of fool the people that they too were statues.

  22. They are delight to watch indeed. I love the selfie!

  23. These Daughters of Midas are delightful. Lots of staying power.

  24. I love the way they interact with the crowd.

  25. I remember the bear, even if the performers weren't there!

  26. aww, how sweet. picked ya out! i always wonder how folks do this ... i recall seeing similar ones in New Orleans when we did visit there. ( ;

  27. Looks a fun day and a fun time was had by all!
    Lovely to see you in the photo too.

    All the best Jan

  28. @Norma: so do I.

    @Wendy: they will do that!

    @Revrunner: they must have to reapply through the day.

    @Bill: living statues are a lot of fun. These two were part of this year's event again, but I didn't see them.

    @Tamago: thank you!

    @Gemma: very much so.

    @Mari: so do i.

    @FG: it's quite a sculpture.

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Klara: thank you.

    @Beth: it's a lot of fun to watch.

    @Jan: thanks!