Tourists visiting Washington Square stop cold. New Yorkers do, too — even jaded ones, impatient ones, “I’m-walkin’-here!” ones. A few feet off the ground is a statue, its hands overhead clutching a small ledge, feet resting on another below. Then the statue moves. “Living statues” are common in Europe, and there are some in NYC. But none are quite like this one. The performer’s attention to detail is impressive. But what’s most striking is his size: 4-foot-11, 83 pounds. “Sometimes 84,” he said later. The statue is Johan Figueroa-González, 30, a transplant from Puerto Rico whose physique once invited cruel taunts. As a student at the University of Puerto Rico, he worked at a museum. A professor who was teaching an art class needed a model. “She taught me how to keep a pose for a long time,” he said. “5 minutes, 20 minutes, 60 minutes.” Last year, Johan moved to New York, paying cash up front to rent a tiny room in the Bronx. He bought a waist-high pedestal and hauled it to Washington Square Park. “I made like $200-something that first day,” he said. “I say, ‘OK, I am here.’” Before a performance, Johan spends about 2 hours near the arch, getting ready. Swipe left to see @benjaminnorman’s video of his process — and visit the link in our profile to read more.