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The French Artist Who Spent A Week Encased In A Rock

Abraham Poincheval spent a week inside a hole under a bookshop, locked himself in a giant bottle and lived inside a bear sculpture. There’s no doubt that this French performance artist pushes the limits. And his latest project is no different.

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Poincheval says his solo performances aim to explore how the concept of time and space are different for humans, animals, and objects (like a limestone rock).“The purpose is to feel the aging stone inside the rock,” said Poincheval.

“There is my own breathing, and then the rock which lives, still humid because it was extracted not so long ago from the quarry. So there is that flow, that coming and going, between myself and the stone.”


A few weeks after he emerges from the rock, Poincheval will sit inside a glass encasement and incubate chicken eggs with his body heat until they hatch. That project is expected to last for 21 to 26 days.