Miervaldis Polis (b. 1948) is a Latvian, Riga-based artist. In the 1980s, he carried out a series of performances, the most public and famous of which was Bronze Man. Donning a bronze outfit and painting himself from head to toe in bronze paint, Polis took a tour of downtown Riga as a living statue. Although the artist himself said that this singular promenade was meant to reflect upon the "tendency of men to glorify and be glorified", his controversial performance is wide open to interpretation and drew a great deal of attention at the time.
Miervaldis Polis, Bronze Man, 1980