A student at the University of Kent has attached himself to a life-size puppet skeleton for two weeks, wearing it everywhere he goes, day and night.
Peter John-Morton says the work, called Ridley, "gives a dead object the chance to experience the phenomenon of life".
David Johns went to meet him - and his girlfriend, Lucy Western.
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