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Andrea Romano
June 04, 2018

Ever get the feeling that those statues in the park might come to life when nobody’s watching? Well, if you were in Bucharest, Romania, this past week, you were probably right.

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People flocked to the Romanian capital to experience the magic of the International Living Statues Festival, which gathered artists from eight countries to create 64 different, “living sculptures,” the AP reported.

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Actors and artists cover themselves in makeup and unique, sometimes colorful outfits in order to transform themselves into artwork, placing themselves strategically in Bucharest’s old quarter and in popular parks to suddenly come to life when spectators get close.

While it may sound jarring to suddenly see a statue come to life, many people are delighted to interact, especially young children. The hardest job, of course, is for the artists, who must hold extremely still until someone comes along for them to interact with.

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“We hope to enhance the Romanian public’s abilities to truly understand and appreciate this art form, regarded in the past as a mere occupation associated with amateurs or even begging,” Mihai Malaimare, director of the Masca Theatre, which hosts the event, told the AP.

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This year marks the eighth annual edition of the event, and it is currently the largest of its kind in Europe.

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