Sunday, August 19, 2018


It has been quite common to have a living statue act or two at Buskerfest. This year it was the German busker Blanko, whose act was largely silent, starting out by sitting on this pedestal, all dressed in white, including white makeup on his exposed skin. Paint brushes and choices of paint were positioned close by. All that white was a canvas for the audience to start painting on. It started with one person, and before long everyone was getting involved. The end result is an interactive experience, and that Blanko will never look the same way in two sessions. I have added this post into Sami's Monday Mural theme.


  1. My goodness! Blanko is very patient.

  2. Eine tolle Idee und eine Freude für die mit dem Pinsel in der Hand.


  3. HOW does he do that?? :-) Wow!!

  4. What an event for the children to paint him.

  5. What a wonderful experience that must be, the performance artist must have great stillness and patience too:)

  6. Incredible! I’ve never seen it before!

  7. i always wonder how folks like that seat still for so long??! i mean u gotta itch sometime? lol!! ( ;

  8. Hello, it looks like a fun time. I do not think I could sit still too long. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day! Have a great new week ahead!

  9. Beautiful! You make Ottawa look like a theme park of fun!

  10. @Linda: he was!

    @Lady Fi: it was a blast to see.

    @Noke: thank you.

    @Sandi: a whole lot of patience.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @Marianne: they enjoyed it.

    @Tom: it was!

    @Rosie: definitely.

    @Marie: this kind of living statue was a first for me.

    @Beth: he moves a bit, but not much.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Maywyn: it was fun.

  11. The audience really got involved in that one.

  12. That's a clever idea if not a messy one.

  13. What a brilliant idea to include the public in his act. Love it!

  14. I wondered how he didn't sneeze when his nose was painted.
    Fun idea.

    cheers, parsnip and badger

  15. I love it and so does the audience.

  16. @RedPat: it is!

    @Red: they did!

    @Sharon: very messy! The paint must be water soluble, but I wonder if he just throws out the clothes or launders.

    @Marleen: it's a terrific concept.

    @Parsnip: he must not!

    @Bill: it was a blast.

  17. What a terrific idea, I'd love to see that. I wonder how he gets the paint off his face. And inside his ears....
    I'd like to see the reference to the batman novel featuring the Forth Bridge!!

  18. never seen it before ;-). and I still can't imagine how they can stay still so long.

  19. I love the concept of a living statue!

  20. A living canvas.. tres cool and I can see he was really popular with the kids ☺

  21. Fascinating event and photos! Wow!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  22. @Shammickite: it's got to be water soluble, but he has to take a serious shower in between sets!

    @Klara: it must take a lot of discipline.

    @Michelle: they're fun to watch.

    @Cloudia: it is indeed.

    @Grace: he was!

    @Carol: thanks!

  23. These always intrigue me but the painting is something I haven't seen before! That's pretty cool!

  24. Good idea about using one of the photos for the Monday Mural group posts.
    Pretty smart of the guy to get the audience involved.

  25. What a cool idea and fun for all. He must have been extremely patient to sit there so quietly.

  26. I'm not sure about this one!!!! :Q

  27. Wow! I have never seen anything like it!

  28. Simply incredible!
    I’ve never seen anything like it!

    All the best Jan

  29. @Jeanie: it was something to see!

    @Pat: it was, yes.

    @Sami: he had to be.

    @Jenn: very much so.

    @Jennifer: I thought it was hilarious.

    @Lea: it was unique to me too.

    @Klara: very much so.

    @Jan: thanks!