Living statues are literally frozen in time. They are actually trying to stay arrested. These buskers remain motionless until a note or coin is inserted into their hat. Most human statues are upon tall pedestals far above the crowd just like a real statue.
Using altered states of consciousness can include reduced breathing and heart rate as the result of this discipline. Some living statues can enter a zen-like trance where 20 minutes can pass in five. Busking while not moving a single muscle is an extraordinary feat. This type of busker sometimes adds paper-mach to further the realism portrayed as a living human statue. The effect is quite realistic and amazing.
It is not known when human or living statues first became popular in Western society. Living nativity scenes date back to 1860 where the actors stood in place while portraying of the birth of Christ.
History tells us that statues were first shaped from packed sand on the beach. They were also made from wood and stone carved with stone chisels. The iron age enabled the tools that the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians used to become master craftsmen. The bronze age featured blending metals for wonderful sand-castings. Beautiful copper statues were in the late medieval period. To withstand the test of time, a host of space-age materials including rock, carbon and resin composites are now used in statue production.
Art contests include ice and sand sculpture. Sand-castle contestents can create artwork over 10 feet tall. Using modern-day power-tools, artists are busy making statues of ice by carving with small chain-saws. After the judging is complete and the winner appreciated, the works of sparkling art are left in the sun to melt down the drain.