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Last updated 11:53 20/02/2014
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ART AND ABOUT: Hannah McDougall lies flat on a table in a central Wellington window as part of an installation by art student Isobel Mebus.

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A woman in her underwear lying on a table in the front window of a prominent Wellington building has attracted a lot of attention from commuters this morning.

The Asteron Life Centre, at 55 Featherston St, is directly opposite Wellington train station.

With TVs playing political documentaries and speakers outside, Hannah McDougall, the woman on the table, is part of a performance art piece from Toi Whakaari, the New Zealand Drama School.

The artist behind the installation is final year student Isobel Mebus, and it includes two other performers inside the lobby.

Called "Circadia", project manager Jason Longstaff, who is in the lobby of the Asteron to make sure things go smoothly, said it was a response to the Millenial generation.

"This is about that age group born between 1980 and 2000 and the fact they are taking over the world now," Longstaff said. "It's about how blase they are about everything, it's trying to kick everyone into gear."

McDougall had spent 12 hours yesterday dancing on the table wearing a "V for Vendetta" anarchist's mask and is only allowed to take short breaks.

One of the other performers, inside the building lobby, is running a fake help desk. The art comes from the interactions with passers by who think it is real.

Longstaff said the piece would culminate at midday tomorrow with a "15 minute speech".

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