The American artist Mark Jenkins is known for the street art life-like installations of human sculptures in provocative poses in the middle of cities. His art installations often draw the attention of the police. Jenkins’s artwork has been described as whimsical, macabre, shocking and provocative.
His career began in Rio with one figure in a refuse dump, now his work has sprawled across cities worldwide, making people question what is real and what is not.
After creating his own technique of casting objects using packing tape and plastic wrap, placing the modern sculptures in the street produces surreal urban theater.
Later he starts t casts of his own body with newspaper and cement and clothing them, the hyper-realistic sculptures were set in alarming or reality positions, both on the streets and in the gallery.
The has as well a collaborative project with Greenpeace, calling the attention of global warming. The artist stated: “My intention with this project was to leverage my street installations to promote awareness about the issue of global warming and the plight of the polar bear.”
The question of public space and the way his sculptures affect it became especially controversial after passersby called emergency services or in one case resulted in bomb squad deployment. It was during this time that Jenkins gained an international media attention for his work.