Don’t Look Into the Eyes of This Statue

March 12, 2016 Updated: November 17, 2017

Erik Pirolt came up with an interesting idea for one of his sculptures–he would put it in a box on display and affix a warning not to stare into its eyes. Pirolt wanted to explore human’s natural curious, and bet that most people would want to stare into the eyes after being told not to.

He was right.

The video shows the lighthearted punishment people get when they stare into the eyes–a powerful but ultimately harmless stream of water promptly shoots out. The water actually hits the plastic enclosure surrounding the sculpture, but surprises the people because it seems as if they’re about to get wet.

The statue was set up in Norway.