Rick Buckley is perhaps best known as the artist who stuck replica noses on public buildings to protest rising surveillance within the UK. Buckley stuck about thirty-five noses to landmarks including the National Gallery and the Tate Britain. Some were taken down, but, as of 2011, eleven of them remained, often morphing into the subjects of urban myth (e.g. that the nose on Admiralty Arch was modeled one Napoleon's). When the project started in 1997, Buckley had been reading about the increasing number of CCTV cameras, and about the Situationists, who "did these sporadic, illegal actions. I guess you would call it performance art today. That inspired me as well."
In addition to the nose piece, Buckley is known for his sculpture and photography, exhibiting in the UK and internationally. He is currently an artist-in-residence at 18th St, Los Angeles, and recently published a book, Blackbile 84, with Focal Point Gallery. Recent exhibitions include Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Haus der Kulterun der Welt, Berlin (2018), Estuary a la mode, Big Screen, Southend (2017), and a solo show titled Blackbile 84, Focal Point Gallery & Royal Pavilion, Southend Pier (2015).