Tuesday, 29. July 2014
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It may have started out as an artistic project by performance artist Han Bing, but walking cabbages as a way of expressing loneliness has now become the latest trend at least in China.
The artist has been motivating people to walk inanimate objects for more than a decade, but it was after his performance at the Beijing music festival where he choose cabbages that the trend went viral.
In an interview with one of the participants, he claimed to be walking the cabbage because he was lonely, and it was a better pet then having a dog as they were less demanding.
The interview went round the world and captured the popular imagination especially in China – where people walking cabbages are now increasingly common and people post selfies of themselves with their new cabbage patch pets.
Dubbed the cabbage patch kids, they say they hope to meet other lonely people and sharing their interest in cabbage patch pets gives them something to talk about – to break the ice.
These girls snapped at a modelling competition in the city of Xi'an in west China's Shaanxi province said that although they knew they looked good, people were often shy about coming up to speak to them, and they found it difficult to make friends.
One of the girls, Guan-yin Chao, 23, said: "It is a great way to get people to pluck up the courage to speak to me. I tell them I am not walking cabbage, I am walking my loneliness. It is a symbol of the modern times but also something that says I want to have friends – I want to make contact with others."
The original teen interviewed said: "I feel I can transfer my negative thoughts about myself to the cabbage, go for a walk with it and come home feeling better about myself."
After that Chinese teens were spotted walking around the streets of the capital Beijing lugging heads of cabbage behind them on leashes.
Artist Han Bing has been walking cabbages and other inanimate objects around the world since 2000, and has created an entire photo series that includes photos of him and his inanimate pets all over the globe.
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