American artist Mark Jenkins is the name behind the faceless figures of the streets popping up in cities around the world. Staged in provocative poses, his startlingly lifelike mannequin sculptures are often social critiques meant to challenge the viewer to question their reality. In what he dubs urban theater these realistic sculptures provoke an array of reactions that transform his installations into multi-layered performance art.

The Urban Theater is Jenkins’s first monograph. The book "documents a broad spectrum of his compelling, often disturbing street installations," as well as viewers’ spontaneous responses and interactions with his interventions.

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ViolinLover 3 weeks ago

Well, whatever. As long as he’s not interrupting my reading....

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Jenkins began his street art career in 2003 by placing a figure in a refuse dump in Rio de Janeiro to draw attention to the plight of homeless children in the streets. Since then the innovative artist has had his work exhibited in renowned venues such as Lazarides Galleries and the Kunsthalle Wien and publicly funded in cities worldwide. His art is made for the street, but Jenkins has also worked with the same themes in nature and indoors.

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Luis Milian 3 weeks ago

it must be monday

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The ongoing theme of the artist's work tends to veer towards dark subjects.“They often tend to be marginalized individuals, sometimes in lonely states, so it’s poetic but also dark. For example, the guy in the river is holding a bunch of colored balloons that are almost trying to magically lift him out. There’s always an undercurrent of hope," he explained in an interview.

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Keessie 3 weeks ago

Spider..., ehm, man?

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“I like getting people to question their surroundings, what is real and what isn’t. These days, people are so buried in their mobile phones and I just wanted to get them to look up," he said, "So at the beginning, I was collecting social data about people’s reactions. But six years later, these images are more about poetry, of capturing a magical moment.”

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Hash Milhan 3 weeks ago

This was a campaign for the charity CALM, about suicide prevention.

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N G 3 weeks ago

This is me on a bad day

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Lyop 3 weeks ago

Ok, this would freak me out!!

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Gary 3 weeks ago

I've always wondered what would happen if you sat on one of those high pressure fountains.

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glowworm2 3 weeks ago

"I am trash!"

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Night Owl 3 weeks ago

Just taking a nap. This reminds me of cats sleeping in strange places and positions

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Monika Soffronow 3 weeks ago

"Leave me alone, I`m just checking the other side of things."

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Kimberly Young 3 weeks ago

We're having a meeting.

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Kjorn 3 weeks ago

i'm trying to get the money

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N G 3 weeks ago

R2-D2.......without the make up?

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Magic567 3 weeks ago (edited)

imagine that at night...

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Monika Soffronow 3 weeks ago

Newsworthy

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Sasy 3 weeks ago

This one is unsafe, if i was driving and saw that...

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Foxxy 3 weeks ago

Should have had his hand up with a plastic ring in a box so it looked like a proposal.

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Luis Milian 3 weeks ago

took me a couple of seconds...

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Vic 3 weeks ago

Subtle..

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Natasha Forchione 3 weeks ago

awww...she thinks its street art. I wonder how much money it collected!

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Foxxy 3 weeks ago (edited)

Just hang in there.

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Luis Milian 3 weeks ago

my cat when I leave grocery bags attendant

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N G 3 weeks ago

Is he all white, he hasn't moved for hours

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Rowlie 3 weeks ago

the teddy bear impostor

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C 3 weeks ago

looks like the chick from the ring needs to crawl back into her well

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MsM 3 weeks ago

At least she's not pushing up daises

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Ann Williams 3 weeks ago

What about that guy in the background?

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Foxxy 3 weeks ago

The new trust fall exercise.

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tuzdayschild 3 weeks ago

That's a whole different level of nosy.

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Doober 3 weeks ago

Hehe the cop drives by like no big deal, it's just crazy 'ol ted

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BusLady 3 weeks ago

Guy on right getting ready to push the guy on the left.

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Doober 3 weeks ago

I feel unsettled

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MsM 3 weeks ago

bedknobs and broomsticks

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Monika Soffronow 3 weeks ago

Some passersby look at me as though I am nothing but garbage! Civility nowadays ...

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Harry Larter 3 weeks ago

In with the gang* (*pigeons)

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BusLady 3 weeks ago

Same as the other one?

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Lyop 3 weeks ago

This too!

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BusLady 3 weeks ago

Having some trouble with that zipper?

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carameltart1011 3 weeks ago

The child.... THE. FREAKING. CHILDDDDDDDDD

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Mark 3 weeks ago

Would have been better to have had them bent over and used them as the bike rack ;)

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RJ 3 weeks ago

Sir are you okay?

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BusLady 3 weeks ago

Practising for their latest circus act.

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Mark 3 weeks ago

Sonic the Hedgehog in human form doing his bit to clean up the streets :)

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Doober 3 weeks ago

What is going on here?

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BusLady 3 weeks ago

Lady: Well I never...

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Lucey 3 weeks ago

Ok, yeah i understand this is meant to be some form of art but I'm finding a few of these to be irresponsible and a little disturbing, maybe that's the whole point though.

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BusLady 3 weeks ago

These airliners should really find a better way to get rid of their trash.

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BusLady 3 weeks ago

Really disturbing. Last winter, a man frooze to death in my city.

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Hope Floats 3 weeks ago

Definitely a sign needed that this is just a mannequin...

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Hope Floats 3 weeks ago

Mannequins aside, it's sad to think about how many young people have sat on the edge of a building or indeed anywhere,just like this scene and considered jumping off...My heart goes to all who have lost a relative/friend this way..

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Priscila Pedrosa 3 weeks ago

No fun

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Hope Floats 3 weeks ago

If I saw this, I'd assume it was someone about to commit suicide and call the police..To have mannequins on the pavement,coming out of walls is one thing but this is just too concerning..

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Keessie 3 weeks ago

Another one that's not ok in any way. It's not just adults that come outside. Kids see the world in a very different fashion and this could be potentially traumatic.

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Magic567 3 weeks ago

no this is just no

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