People lying in the street or on rooftops and in rivers have led to worried calls to police, paramedics and firefighters. This is the work of the ’urban prankster’ Mark Jenkins. He refers to the ‘street as a stage’ where passers by become the actors. He said his aim is to get people to look up from their mobile phones for a split second and engage with the world around them.
Using clever placement and visual pranks to make his public installations, Mark Jenkins’ work accomplishes exactly what all great street does – it makes an unshakable impression, it makes people laugh, and it makes people re-imagine their surroundings.
American installation artist Mark Jenkins sees public space as a battleground on which advertisers and artists are all competing for visual space. His illegal street art installations, human casts made from packing tape placed in public spaces around Washington, are designed to awaken passers-by from the comfort of their daily activities. Each lonely figure invites a response in the urban jungle, forcing those who see them to confront the thin veneer of civility that hides their inner-being. His work is in the same mold as that of New York-based street artist, Joshua Allen Harris.