American street artist Mark Jenkins is the name behind the faceless figures popping up in cities around the world. Staged in provocative poses, his startlingly lifelike mannequin art installations are often social critiques meant to challenge the viewer to question their reality and raise social awareness. 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 installation art," as well as viewers' spontaneous responses and interactions with his interventions.

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ViolinLover
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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 unique art is made for the street, but Jenkins has also worked with the same themes in nature and indoors.

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1 year 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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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 about his cool art, "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
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1 year ago

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

Jill
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1 year ago

Great idea!

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Falcon
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1 year ago

The amount of calls to the police could be enough to get the artist into trouble.

Lyop
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1 year ago

What the????! I'll just stay home, thanks.

C
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1 year ago

Can this not get you arrested ? That would cause mass panic I would think

AuntyJem
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1 year ago

This makes me sad- it reminds me of seeing people jump from the World Trade Center on 9/11

The Girl on Fire
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1 year ago

Way to scare everyone into thinking a mass suicide is happening....

Sue Knerl
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1 year ago

That would totally freak me out seeing that.

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1 year ago

Torchwood: Children of Earth

Simba
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1 year ago

Looks like a scene from M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening.

Daria Z
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1 year ago

Looks just like an episode of Fringe. Where a guy commanded other people. Oooh, scary!

Patti Renwick Parrish
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1 year ago

that would be really creepy to see!

Lu Barrera
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1 year ago

Looks like "City of angels"

IamIrene
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1 year ago

Looks like A-positive's to me. Better press the great big threatening button and have it done with.

Lee Hancock
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1 year ago

I haven't seen blood control for yeeeaaars!

Duerr Edward
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1 year ago

Disturbing...

Trisha Haskett
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1 year ago

City of Angels

James Kane
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1 year ago

Would you try to save even just one if the figures were real? However It does to me send out a very sad and extremely powerful message that while its not possible to be there when someone feels they can suffer no more we can, if we listen , try to guide them away from suicidal thoughts

Ольга Федорчук
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1 year ago

This massive action is very strong. No one knows what is happening in the mind of the one who decides to take such a step. This is scary. Death has never looked so disgusting.

Rose
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1 year ago

Disturbing! Also, wonder how many calls to 911 were made?

Mickledapickle
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1 year ago

So scary

Sadie Jayne
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1 year ago

YIKES!!!!

OTTER
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1 year ago

Sure hope a good wind doesn’t come along. It might appear to be a mass ‘jump’. Ewe!!

Memyselfand I
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1 year ago

Oh, wait...I saw this Torchwood/Dr. Who episode...It is a great idea and makes a very impactful statement.

Susan Gilstrap
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1 year ago

I think it was an episode of "Dr Who"

Jan Lasher
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1 year ago

Scary. looks like a take over

Bluebell Rizzi
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1 year ago

my heart

Magpie
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1 year ago

Arrrrg! my sister killed herself.....arrrrrgggg!

Lilith Hollis
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1 year ago

About suicide prevention I really believe that every city throughout the planet should have a building with these sculptures to reinforce the need to help prevent this silent killer from happening

Shane Mace
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1 year ago

I disagree. With all those mannequins there, how would you spot a real suicide attempt?

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Kjorn
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1 year ago

BirdBox 2

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Olya Libby
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1 year ago

no

Corey Deame
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Fake / photoshopped

Laura Habermehl
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Oh my gosh you're right, this is photoshopped! Sorry you got downvotes! You can see repeats of people lol

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If someone of color did this shit they would've been arrested..

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N G
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1 year ago

This is me on a bad day

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Lyop
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1 year ago

Ok, this would freak me out!!

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Gary
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1 year ago

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

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glowworm2
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1 year ago

"I am trash!"

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Night Owl
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1 year ago

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

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Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

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

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Kimberly Young
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1 year ago

We're having a meeting.

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Kjorn
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1 year ago

i'm trying to get the money

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N G
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1 year ago

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

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Magic567
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1 year ago (edited)

imagine that at night...

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Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

Newsworthy

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Sasy
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1 year ago

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

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Foxxy
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

took me a couple of seconds...

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Vic
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1 year ago

Subtle..

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Natasha Forchione
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1 year ago

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

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Foxxy
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1 year ago (edited)

Just hang in there.

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

my cat when I leave grocery bags attendant

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N G
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1 year ago

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

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

the teddy bear impostor

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1 year ago

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

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MsM
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1 year ago

At least she's not pushing up daises

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Ann Williams
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1 year ago

What about that guy in the background?

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

The new trust fall exercise.

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tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

That's a whole different level of nosy.

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Doober
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1 year ago

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

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