Woman posing nude in Horsham

JPCT 100812 Photographer Stefan Lilley in West Street, Horsham, and "Invisible Woman Posing Nude" project. Photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 100812 Photographer Stefan Lilley in West Street, Horsham, and "Invisible Woman Posing Nude" project. Photo by Derek Martin

Horsham shoppers reacted with disgust, confusion and laughter to an invisible woman posing nude in the town centre.

With much hesitation, Partridge Green man Stefan Lilley set up his debut public art installation at around 11am last Friday.

“I just wanted to make people smile,” the 39-year-old said as people swarmed around his art.

“My wife hates these shoes. I bought them for her a couple of years ago and she’s worn them twice, so she got them out to sell but I swiped them when she wasn’t looking. She doesn’t even know I’m here today.”

Stefan said he wants a change of career from project manager to photographer.

His idea was to snap the array of reactions from passers-by. But at first he struggled to build confidence to display his daring art.

“It took me a while to get the bottle to set it up,” continued Stefan, “because people will either think you’re a complete nutter or an artist, or both.

“I was originally somewhere else but then I thought ‘man up and let’s do it somewhere central’.”

And the reactions were worth it.

“The majority of people have come down and had a good giggle. One or two have said ‘that’s disgusting’, although I’m not too sure how this could offend anyone.

“I just want a happy reaction. The ones I like the most are when they’re still laughing down the street.”

He added: “My favourite reaction was one group of kids who came over and took photos, and then one of them started to squeeze her imaginary bottom. It didn’t quite work for a photo though.”

Smiling at the artwork was Mary Hampshire, 57, who commented: “I love it! I walked past and thought, what’s going on here, where’s the lady? It made me laugh.”

To view Stefan’s photography and for more information on this work visit www.warwick-stafen.com