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Tuesday 27 June 2017

French artist is rock star after spending week inside a boulder

Employees help French artist Abraham Poincheval out of the two halves of the rock in which he has been entombed (Zacharie Scheurer/AP)
Employees help French artist Abraham Poincheval out of the two halves of the rock in which he has been entombed (Zacharie Scheurer/AP)

A French artist has emerged after spending a week in a hard place: a rock.

Abraham Poincheval climbed out of the 12-tonne limestone boulder at a Paris art gallery, where he has been entombed since February 22.

A body-shaped hole large enough to sit in was hollowed out inside the rock, and air entered through holes.

Poincheval was supplied with water, soup and dried meat for the ordeal.

On Wednesday workmen pulled apart the two halves of the rock and Poincheval gingerly climbed out.

He made a V-for-victory sign as two men helped him to a chair at the Palais de Tokyo gallery.

Poincheval specialises in endurance-testing solitary performances and once spent 13 days inside a hollowed-out bear.

His next performance will involve sitting on eggs in an attempt to hatch them.

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