What would it be like to live inside of a rock?

A bit of the poem “Stone” by Charles Simic comes to mind:

Go inside a stone
That would be my way.
Let somebody else become a dove
Or gnash with a tiger’s tooth.
I am happy to be a stone…

But French artist Abraham Poincheval has decided to take Simic’s meditation one step further by actually living inside of a rock:


The video includes a glimpse at some of his other projects.

Like the bear:

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And the pedestal:

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And we’d be remiss if we didn’t show you the bottle he lived in, too:

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Yeah. A bottle:

You might be thinking to yourself, “Self, how does Poincheval bring ideas like this to life?”

The process seems to include a lot of cool renderings that are often also part of the performances/exhibits.

Like this:

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And this:

And this:

He even does maquettes:

One would assume that this is part of how the artist raises money for these performances – and for food.

And these performances aren’t one-offs. Most of the above was done multiple times in multiple locations.

Kinda makes David Blane feel a bit tame…

Let’s close with a bit more of Simic’s poem:

…I have seen sparks fly out
When two stones are rubbed,
So perhaps it is not dark inside after all;
Perhaps there is a moon shining
From somewhere, as though behind a hill –
Just enough light to make out
The strange writings, the star-charts
On the inner walls.

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