Here’s the latest from Washington, DC artist Mark Jenkins (who’s a favorite here at Urban Prankster). Jenkins’s specialty is creating human sculptures out of packing tape and leaving them in unusual places. This piece was installed in London.
Toronto artist Posterchild recently took a break from installing art in NYC phone booths to propose to his girlfriend. He popped the the question by appropriating a sign reserved for ad space above a Manhattan subway stop. Posterchild writes:
She thought she was just helping me out with another street art project; I kept this covered until after it was installed and after the unveiling I was expecting some kind of reaction- but it took a little while to convince her that this was a proposal for real, and not just some art project!
And she said yes! Congrats!
New York City has had a ton of phone booth art this fall. Lately it seems like you can’t go for a walk without seeing a great piece by an artist like Jordan Seiler. The above was done by Toronto’s Posterchild, who’s been hanging out in NYC quite a bit lately.
I love these unauthorized projects because they’re turning useless eyesores into art. There are certain city blocks in NY that have upwards of 10 public telephones. When is the last time anyone used a payphone? I understand their utility for those who can’t afford or happen to be without a cell phone, but really, do we need multiple phones on every corner? These structures are simply huts to cash in on advertising dollars, and they needlessly pollute the scenery of our streets.
Here’s a great NY Times article from 2007 that explains that pay phone advertising rakes in $62 million a year: As Billboards, Public Phones Always Work.
Also of note, you can see both Seiler and Posterchild, along with Jason Eppink and Specter, speak about their work on Friday, November 20 out in Astoria — details here.
Spanish artist Sam3 specializes in creating massive silhouettes with stencils. This shadowy Sam3 creation appeared on a billboard in Murcia, Spain. (Where coincidentally an Mp3 Experiment will happen on Thursday–Improv Everywhere is holding experiments in 4 cities in Spain on the same day.)
Bay Area artist Jeremy Novy has a cool project where he places stencils of payphones in now vacant phone booths. Might as well put something there!
In a similar series, he renovates boarded up buildings by adding pretty windows. Check out his renovation of the State Street Theatre in Milwaukee.
Washington, DC artist Mark Jenkins caught the attention of passersby with his “Sleepers” series where his trademark dummy figures (made of tape) appeared sleeping in odd places. Jenkins’ project was done in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art.