The first living statue is lost to time. No one
knows when the practice of life imitating art
first occurred. Perhaps the first models for
Greek sculptures were made to appear as
statues, to help the sculptor capture the
image. The first modern living statues
appear first in the 19th century as circus
and performance artists. While many
started as manger statues in depictions of
the birth of Christ, many more performed in
travelling troupes, traversing country and
Today, with few exceptions,
most living statues are solo
street performers, carrying
on the traditions of the
past. Recently, professional
event planners have
started adding living
statues to their repertoire
and have launched a
mini-rennaisance of the art
form. The Mecca of living
statuary still remains the
Festival of Arts
Pageant of
Masters, held each
summer in Laguna Beach,