Human Sculptures: ‘Bodies in Urban Spaces’ by Willi Dorner in NY

While tracksuit-wearing hoodies would normally be prevented from climbing around on buildings in the world’s most famous financial district, these are actually dancers from the Bodies in Urban Spaces project, which hit New York’s lower Manhattan last weekend.

  • While tracksuit-wearing hoodies would normally be prevented from climbing around on buildings in the world's most famous financial district, these are actually dancers from the Bodies in Urban Spaces project, which hit New York's lower Manhattan last weekend. Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.atWhile tracksuit-wearing hoodies would normally be prevented from climbing around on buildings in the world's most famous financial district, these are actually dancers from the Bodies in Urban Spaces project, which hit New York's lower Manhattan last weekend. Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.at
  • "America and the UK are certainly the most difficult places to do the performances," he said. Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.at"America and the UK are certainly the most difficult places to do the performances," he said. Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.at
  • While tracksuit-wearing hoodies would normally be prevented from climbing around on buildings in the world's most famous financial district, these are actually dancers from the Bodies in Urban Spaces project, which hit New York's lower Manhattan last weekend. These pictures show how during rehearsals the trained performers, who have been preparing for six months, were able to squeeze behind a huge pillar at the entrance to the New York Stock Exchange. Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.atWhile tracksuit-wearing hoodies would normally be prevented from climbing around on buildings in the world's most famous financial district, these are actually dancers from the Bodies in Urban Spaces project, which hit New York's lower Manhattan last weekend. These pictures show how during rehearsals the trained performers, who have been preparing for six months, were able to squeeze behind a huge pillar at the entrance to the New York Stock Exchange. Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.at
  • Willi has staged similar shows in Austria, England, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Russia and the USA. He says he has received different very reactions from councils and police in different countries, with Nottingham and London ranking among the most problematic. Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.atWilli has staged similar shows in Austria, England, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Russia and the USA. He says he has received different very reactions from councils and police in different countries, with Nottingham and London ranking among the most problematic. Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.at
  • While tracksuit-wearing hoodies would normally be prevented from climbing around on buildings in the world's most famous financial district, these are actually dancers from the Bodies in Urban Spaces project, which hit New York's lower Manhattan last weekend. Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.atWhile tracksuit-wearing hoodies would normally be prevented from climbing around on buildings in the world's most famous financial district, these are actually dancers from the Bodies in Urban Spaces project, which hit New York's lower Manhattan last weekend. Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.at
  • While tracksuit-wearing hoodies would normally be prevented from climbing around on buildings in the world's most famous financial district, these are actually dancers from the Bodies in Urban Spaces project, which hit New York's lower Manhattan last weekend. Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.atWhile tracksuit-wearing hoodies would normally be prevented from climbing around on buildings in the world's most famous financial district, these are actually dancers from the Bodies in Urban Spaces project, which hit New York's lower Manhattan last weekend. Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.at
  • While tracksuit-wearing hoodies would normally be prevented from climbing around on buildings in the world's most famous financial district, these are actually dancers from the Bodies in Urban Spaces project, which hit New York's lower Manhattan last weekend. Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.atWhile tracksuit-wearing hoodies would normally be prevented from climbing around on buildings in the world's most famous financial district, these are actually dancers from the Bodies in Urban Spaces project, which hit New York's lower Manhattan last weekend. Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.at
  • "Just like the UK, the American authorities are very sensitive about the unexpected happening in public places. Bodies in Urban Spaces is about making people think about codes of conduct where some behaviours are appropriate and some aren't," Willi Dorner also said. Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.at"Just like the UK, the American authorities are very sensitive about the unexpected happening in public places. Bodies in Urban Spaces is about making people think about codes of conduct where some behaviours are appropriate and some aren't," Willi Dorner also said. Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.at
  • He continued: "We are never causing any damage or aiming to upset anyone. Some people love it and laugh or smile but others respond very negatively. They shake their heads and say we shouldn't be climbing around. The mix of reactions is amusing." Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.atHe continued: "We are never causing any damage or aiming to upset anyone. Some people love it and laugh or smile but others respond very negatively. They shake their heads and say we shouldn't be climbing around. The mix of reactions is amusing." Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.at
  • "The idea is to provoke and test security in the areas, and see how a health and safety - and security-obsessed society copes with unexpected dance breaking out," Willi Dorner added. Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.at"The idea is to provoke and test security in the areas, and see how a health and safety - and security-obsessed society copes with unexpected dance breaking out," Willi Dorner added. Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.at
  • 51-year-old Austrian artist Willi Dorner says: "We chose 'The Big Apple' because it's one of the most well known cities in the world. The financial centre of the world and a prestigious city for art and dance, we have chosen the most highly protected areas in the world for our moment in downtown Manhattan, around Wall Street and in the heart of the financial district." Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.at51-year-old Austrian artist Willi Dorner says: "We chose 'The Big Apple' because it's one of the most well known cities in the world. The financial centre of the world and a prestigious city for art and dance, we have chosen the most highly protected areas in the world for our moment in downtown Manhattan, around Wall Street and in the heart of the financial district." Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.at
  • The skills of the performers allow them to reach high points on tall buildings and squeeze into the unlikeliest nooks and crannies on routes that take them weaving through crowds of surprised commuters and city-goers. Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.atThe skills of the performers allow them to reach high points on tall buildings and squeeze into the unlikeliest nooks and crannies on routes that take them weaving through crowds of surprised commuters and city-goers. Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.at
  • Organised by Austrian artist Willi Dorner, the event saw 22 locally-recruited dancers and performers wearing bright colours running though the streets guerrilla-style and suddenly jumping into breathtaking acrobatic formations using the urban spaces around them. Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.atOrganised by Austrian artist Willi Dorner, the event saw 22 locally-recruited dancers and performers wearing bright colours running though the streets guerrilla-style and suddenly jumping into breathtaking acrobatic formations using the urban spaces around them. Photo: Lisa Rastl/Ciewdorner.at

While tracksuit-wearing hoodies would normally be prevented from climbing around on buildings in the world’s most famous financial district, these are actually dancers from the Bodies in Urban Spaces project, which hit New York’s lower Manhattan last weekend.

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