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.
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.
This caught my eye in Union Square a couple of weeks ago. From a distance I thought I might have stumbled onto a Mark Jenkins tape sculpture. He’s in town with a solo show at Stricola. It turned out that the dummy was the work of a group of high school students from the Lyons Community School in Brooklyn. I caught them watching me and went over to investigate. They were doing this Jenkins-inspired project for a class and were there to observe people’s reactions. Cool!
Back in July we told you about Mark Jenkins’ Golden Ass project where he tricked folks into thinking his gold horse sculpture was a human statue. Jenkins’ latest work was a collaboration with Green Peace. He put several “Homeless Polar Bears” in public places around Washington DC.
Jenkins told Boing Boing:
We made a series of human-like homeless polar bears and installed them around DC to get people to think about the issue (of melting arctic ice) with more empathy. it seemed people liked them a lot and took pictures of their kids in front of them, etc. but most were removed pretty quickly by the authorities. the last image is one that was met with ill-fate after being deemed a “suspicious package.” so the whole thing ended up have a touch of irony to it when compared to the actual situation.
Street artist Mark Jenkins makes, among other things, awesome human sculptures out of tape and then dresses them and puts them in public places. His latest project is The Golden Ass. In an area of Barcelona packed with “golden statue” type street performers, he constructed a sculpture that looked like a human in a horse costume. Everyone who encountered it assumed it was a performer being incredibly still.
“…it’s much easier to make pretend people than to pretend to be a sculpture all day.”