LATVIA’S FIRST BUSKER

  • 2008-03-31
One hot August day in 1987,Miervaldis Polis emerged from his flat in Agenskalns to take a walkthrough Riga’s city centre. It would have been a walk like anyother that day, except for the fact that the artist was covered fromhead to toe in bronze paint – from his trousers to his suit jacket,his eyebrows to his fingers, right down to the laces of his shoes. Inany other Western European city, such an exploit by an artistwouldn’t have turned so many heads, but this was Soviet Latvia.Polis got the idea for what was tobecome known as The Bronze Man performance from a German fi...
 
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