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French artist emerges after spending week inside a rock

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/1/2017
A woman looks at a stone in which French artist Abraham Poincheval has been been entombed, in Paris, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Poincheval emerged Wednesday from a 12-tonne limestone boulder at a Paris art gallery where he has been entombed since Feb. 22. (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer) © The Associated Press A woman looks at a stone in which French artist Abraham Poincheval has been been entombed, in Paris, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Poincheval emerged Wednesday from a 12-tonne limestone boulder at a Paris art gallery where he has been entombed since Feb. 22. (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer)

PARIS (AP) — A French artist has spent a week in a hard place: a rock.

Employees help French artist Abraham Poincheval to exit the two halves of the rock in which he been entombed, in Paris, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Abraham Poincheval emerged Wednesday from a 12-tonne limestone boulder at a Paris art gallery where he has been entombed since Feb. 22. (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer) © The Associated Press Employees help French artist Abraham Poincheval to exit the two halves of the rock in which he been entombed, in Paris, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Abraham Poincheval emerged Wednesday from a 12-tonne limestone boulder at a Paris art gallery where he has been entombed since Feb. 22. (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer)

Abraham Poincheval emerged Wednesday from a 12-ton limestone boulder at a Paris art gallery where he has been entombed since Feb. 22.

Employees help French artist Abraham Poincheval is pulled apart the two halves of the rock in which he been entombed, in Paris, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Abraham Poincheval emerged Wednesday from a 12-tonne limestone boulder at a Paris art gallery where he has been entombed since Feb. 22. (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer) © The Associated Press Employees help French artist Abraham Poincheval is pulled apart the two halves of the rock in which he been entombed, in Paris, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Abraham Poincheval emerged Wednesday from a 12-tonne limestone boulder at a Paris art gallery where he has been entombed since Feb. 22. (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer)

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.

The stone in which French artist Abraham Poincheval has been been entombed, in Paris is pictured Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Poincheval emerged Wednesday from a 12-tonne limestone boulder at a Paris art gallery where he has been entombed since Feb. 22. (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer) © The Associated Press The stone in which French artist Abraham Poincheval has been been entombed, in Paris is pictured Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Poincheval emerged Wednesday from a 12-tonne limestone boulder at a Paris art gallery where he has been entombed since Feb. 22. (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer)

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.

French artist Abraham Poincheval is carried away for a medical check after he left the two halves of the rock in which he has been entombed, in Paris, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Abraham Poincheval emerged Wednesday from a 12-tonne limestone boulder at a Paris art gallery where he has been entombed since Feb. 22. (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer) © The Associated Press French artist Abraham Poincheval is carried away for a medical check after he left the two halves of the rock in which he has been entombed, in Paris, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Abraham Poincheval emerged Wednesday from a 12-tonne limestone boulder at a Paris art gallery where he has been entombed since Feb. 22. (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer)

"It's this strange feeling of a floating world, an incredible floating in this mineral capsule," he said after undergoing a post-experiment medical exam.

"Yes, there are very strong moments of getting dizzy, where the world is shaking monstrously," he continued. "It's a moment of happiness, it's a gift, but at the same time one must stay clear-headed. There are very strong moments where you lose yourself, where suddenly you don't know anymore where you are."

Poincheval specializes in endurance-testing solitary performances. He 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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