Austrian-born artistic pioneer Willi Dorner has been experimenting with a human sculpture project called “Bodies in Urban Spaces” over the past few years. Since the project’s inception, Dorner has stepped up his original game. In the beginning, his 20 able-bodied climbers and acrobats were outfitted in vibrant body suits and positioned in urban spaces holding difficult and somewhat strange poses. Now, the project has evolved into an exhibition of strength, flexibility, and endurance.
The performers travel to well-known cities such as New York, London, and Paris, and position themselves in surprising places in somewhat hilarious ways. It’s like stumbling upon the surly adolescents of Cirque du Soleil. But these contortions are not without purpose: the project is intended to inspire urban residents to reflect on their surroundings and ponder their behavior in terms of their movements.