Nude artist cited for Niagara Falls stunt

1:07 PM, Oct 24, 2005   |    comments
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He Yun Chang, 38, of Beijing sat in a plexiglas box filled with concrete up to his waist on Friday in front of the Albright Knox Gallery totally naked. It was all part of an event by the Albright Knox Gallery and the University at Buffalo Arts Galleries called The Wall: Reshaping Chinese Art. Saturday afternoon, Chang decided to perform another stunt. State Parks Police say Chang stripped off all his clothing, tied a rope around his waist to some sort of an anchor and walked out about 40 to 50 feet towards the brink of the falls. Police believe that his plan was to stand out in the water totally naked for 24-hours. Chang even had a staff member from UB and several people filming the stunt until something went wrong. The rope that was holding him from slipping into the rapids came untied and he had to wade back towards shore. That’s when a tourist spotted the naked man in the water and called police thinking that he may be suicidal. State Parks Police arrived on the scene, got him back on land safely and charged Chang with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. The two people filming the stunt were charged with disorderly conduct for allowing it to happen. The UB faculty member told police they advised Chang not to go forward with the stunt.


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