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'Suicide' statues exhibit raises heads in Brazil

'Suicide' statues exhibit raises heads in Brazil

The human-form silhouettes stand high above the streets of central Sao Paulo, causing gasps and shouts of "Jump! Jump!"
What local Brazilian media are calling "suicide statues" forms the first South American exhibition for British artist Antony Gormley.
Firefighters have been called to the scene this week after bystanders mistaking the 31 life-size body cast sculptures perched at the edges of tall buildings as despondent people ready to jump.
The same thing happened when Gormley had a similar exhibit in New York last year. Police were called several times then.
Gormley's sculptures will be exhibited in Brazil through July, heading to rooftops in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia as well.
Through Gormley's 40-year career he's explored the relation of the human form in large-scale settings.


Updated : 2021-10-20 22:30 GMT+08:00