Figures of speech are apparently coming to life in Paris today, as one man has been searching for a literal needle in a literal haystack.

Italian performance artist Sven Sachsalber spent the better part of yesterday and today searching through a giant pile of hay for a single needle in the Palais de Tokyo, a contemporary art gallery. One assumes there’s an underlying message here — never give up on your dreams, work hard no matter how daunting the task — but Sachsalber’s previous performance art pieces include eating poisonous mushrooms and spending 24 hours locked in a room with a cow, so all bets on intended symbolism are off.

Meanwhile, Parisians have been unable to reach the Palais de Tokyo to see Sachsalber’s performance because it has been raining cats and dogs for the better part of a week.

You can watch Sachsalber’s search on YouTube, but if you want to skip 5 hours of silent tedium, here’s the money shot: he found it.

Guess that goes to show you, if you work hard and never give up, you’ll achieve your dream of getting a museum to decree that your idiotic stunt is “art.”

[h/t Mashable]