The Miner – A Living Statue!
This is perhaps my favourite. A very simple concept too. Many living statues seem to be of fantasy figures however The Miner represents a real figure – in this case perhaps the coal miner, once a common sight in Britain, although the plinth he stands on seems to have what appear to be gold ingots, but they could easily be bricks used in mine construction.
The Miner’s ‘adit’ complete with rail tracks and trucks – plus a curious tourist!
I don’t know how long The Miner’s been around, however its clear he has developed his outlook considerably. The plinth he stood on was a plain one with less exquisite lamps, plus a spade replaces the pick-axe he previously used.
The Miner’s plinth now has a miniature coal-face adorned with a railway, rail tracks, trucks and lamps that really do light up 🙂
Selfie time with The Miner!
He can be found on London’s South Bank near the London Eye. A popular draw with visitors! Naturally everyone tries to poke him or get him to blink but since he is a statue he can’t 🙂
Everyone wants to make sure he is a real statue and they try all sorts of tricks ranging from waving in The Miner’s face, to clapping their hands, poking him in the legs, shouting, trying to give him a shock, but much to the amusement of many, The Miner does not flinch 🙂
Clap hands, pull faces, waves in front of face, come on wakey, wakey, dozy miner! But he won’t flinch one little bit!When everyone has gone – or no one is looking even, The Miner comes to life, takes a rest, does a couple of short paces up & down before resuming his duties 🙂