Definition of living statue in US English:

living statue


  • A street entertainer who poses as a statue, in realistic makeup and costume, typically remaining immobile for very long periods of time.

    ‘entertainment will be provided by jugglers, stilt walkers, singers, dancers and living statues’
    • ‘Alex liked the living statue in the form of a cowboy.’
    • ‘So in essence, the audience is not so much enawed of the stillness of the living statue but watching to see if they will blink, or breathe, or get pins and needles in their foot, or wobble on the pedestal.’
    • ‘By far the most annoying of the bunch are that breed who have come to be known as living statues.’
    • ‘Keep your customers happy as they wait with comedy magicians, fire swingers, temporary tattoos, a living statue or a street show.’
    • ‘Later, on a day of "pageantry and living statues" for Anne's coronation, the narrative looks up.’
    • ‘Just to our right, a performance artist portrayed a living statue as numerous tourists took pictures of her.’
    • ‘It will give 2,400 computer-selected Britons the chance to spend an hour on the empty fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square as a living statue.’
    • ‘With an embarrassment of hapless mime graduates ruining the art form's reputation by spending the best years of their youth as the so-called living statues that litter the streets of every sizeable conurbation, clearly the correct response to meeting a trained mime is: "Get a proper job."’
    • ‘The living statue is also possibly inspired by a Classical legend - that of Pygmalion and Galatea, found in the Metamorphoses of Ovid.’
    • ‘I opened the door and went rigid, like one of those living statues.’
    • ‘Her act is being a "living statue", and I asked her if people try to break her concentration when she's struck a pose.’
    • ‘The living statues, at least, pose a bit of a challenge to seagulls.’
    • ‘Once they reached the stage, a giant scissor lift raised a man dressed as the living statue of Admiral Nelson, in a symbolic recreation of the monument.’