The 28-year-old actor, famous for his roles in films including Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and The Transformers franchise, is known for his outlandish public stunts, but this latest act, which was witnessed by many visitors to the city on cultural river cruise holidays, is considered to be in the name of art.
The piece, which was being dubbed the ‘metamarathon’, consisted of LaBeouf running a ‘marathon’ around the outside of the famed Stedelijk Museum while a 12-hour artistic conference was taking place inside. Public programme curator at the Stedelijk Museum, Hendrik Folkerts, said of the project in this BBC article, "As we are having a 'marathon' conference inside the Stedelijk, we also wanted a reflection of that outside. Nobody can do it better than Shia and the other artists at this performance."
The run included the participation of some 600 artists and philosophers who were discussing the work’s theme on the effect of social media and celebrity culture, and how the world is viewed by the generation that these topics affect the most: those born in the 1980s. The run was curated to mirror that of the marathon conference taking place inside the famed Stedelijk building, with the actor dressed in purple leggings and a green vest.
Those visiting the museum as a part of the itineraries of 2014 Europe cruises could stay informed with the project on social media, using the hashtag #metamarathon on Twitter, where people are voicing their opinions over the intriguing art piece.
The Stedelijk Museum has been a popular attraction with river cruise guests for some time – for more great art works to see during your cruise, see this previous article on art works to see in Europe.
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