Mark Jenkins street art is sure to turn some heads (22 Photos)

Mark Jenkins is an American artist known for his street installations that scare the crap out of unsuspecting people. Using hyper realistic sculpting techniques, Jenkins created his elaborate Embed series in cities across the globe. Check out more of his work, including his packing tape sculptures here.

  • Terminator 3000

    Not art

    • Shoon

      Agree. This is manikins and boredom.

      • whatdoyouknow


        • Geordie Mowbray

          "Art – The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture." This is almost a perfect definition of what you are looking at. How is this not Art?

          • Ryan

            its shit

          • Not Art

            So your saying every department store worker that poses and dresses a Mannequin is a creating Art? About the scope of what your looking at here

            • Sam

              Most of his figures are sculpted out of packing tape or other materials. He only uses manequins a small amount of the time. He had a show at the art museum here in my city, and I can tell you that these things in person are impressive. His main goal is to create an interaction between viewers and his work, and it does. People stalk around them, and touch them to see if they are real. It is great fun to watch. There are still a few of his pieces at the museum permanently and they still get plenty of attention.

              This is Art. It is accepted by the creative community around the world as Art. He is canonized into the history of contemporary art already. You would do yourself a greater favor of accepting that it is Art, and trying to understand why it is opposed to not understanding and just stating that it is not. In the end, you may still not like it at all, but just saying that it is not Art is kinda silly.

              • WAAAH

                Just because it's art doesn't mean it contributes anything to anyone.

              • silky

                so because he makes his mannikins himself, that makes it art? Somebody needs to tell him that there are companies that make mannikins, that way he can make more "art" and do it a lot faster.

            • SaveFerris

              You're, dick nose.

          • Chris

            Because everyone who works at Macy's and jcpennys must be artist then??… On behalf of the police who responded to the calls of a man on a ledge or a man face down in the river, I would like to send him a bill for $5000.

      • SaveFerris

        Mannequins, dick nose.

        • Professor Squeegee

          Google 'mannikins' Ferris, I dare ya.

    • spucifer

      #4 is not art, its part of a balanced breakfast

  • Shannon Coverdale

    #1 is still one of my favorites

  • Bro

    #16 these are my glasses

    • Kramer

      You have to admit, the guy can sculpt a nice ass.

  • Lok_D

    #21 would freak me the hell out if I saw it. Wonder how many times the cops were called before it was removed.

    • Underbaker

      Was thinking that on a few of these.

  • legen dary

    looks like scenes from "I am Legend". somebody got bored, and had a couple manicans laying around

    • Mitch Cumstein

      A couple of manicans and a lot of martinis

    • nerfherder

      Is a Manican someone from Manico or Manistan? I've heard everyone from there is very hairy and good at fixing things. I think these are mannequins.

      • Herbie

        uuhh I think you mean "Manistani", guy.

  • PAChivette

    Depressing stuff dude.

  • Nold

    Clever work!¡

  • It's art

    A breath of fresh air compared to Banksy

  • Unfkngblvbl

    #13 #21 That's some creepy fucking shit.

  • Kristi


  • anony

    i got my toes in the water, toes in the sand

    • This.

      ass in the sand*

      • anony

        i don't like to use that word its icky

        • DBig

          Icky? Really?

  • back2worknow

    Those wacky Ruskies!

  • Woody


  • Duber

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, blah, blah, blah. I like to think that art takes talent, and not a swipe of a Visa card to buy some mannequin. Throw a newspaper on it there, and get a ladder and put it here. I am obviously not sophisticated enough to acknowledge this as art.

    • Mac the Intern

      These aren't mannequins, he constructed each one individually.

      • Dick Salad

        Just because you made the mannequin yourself doesn't mean its not a mannequin. You can paint an apple orange and it's still an apple. You don't even see any detail in his 'constructive' art.. they are wearing clothes and doing shit to get a rise out of people.

        • Leddy420

          Since when did you become the Art Dictator of Earth?

          • Dick Salad

            of the universe* get it right. But seeing your valid counter argument I find the points you supplied to be rather interesting.

            • vvv

              Maybe he meant 'of Earth'….
              My counter argument is this, be those mannequins or not, he created them using an original method and he posed them in an interesting fashion. Some people might even find some 'meaning' behind the poses and places those mannequins stand.
              Maybe not you or me, but that doesn't give you or me the right to say this isn't art.
              But for me personally, the things I listed above are enough to call this 'art', even though it might not be beautiful or even good, it still is art.

              • Dick Salad

                You really can't tell how he created them because they are all dressed up in clothing which I doubt he had any hand in making. A lot of these don't even seem appropriate for a public setting. I wouldn't mind if it was a private gallery but it's not. I understand what you guys are trying to get at, I really do. But all but one of these mannequins are completely covered in clothing (which I doubt he had any hand in making except for the few with garbage and what not) with their faces hidden. Where is the detail? Is it the poses? I don't see anything special there. Distasteful in some of them maybe, but that's about it. I may think vaginas are beautiful and artsy but it would hardly be appropriate for me to tag them all over some public place just to get a rise out of people.

    • Fog Ducker

      To create something by hand of this detail is art. This is why sculptures are considered art or wooden carvings. Comprende no?

    • chivetteee

      This community can't praise Banksy and bash Jenkins at the same time. This is all conceptual shit – from both artists, ALL the big street artists – you think putting together a stencil on Photoshop and spray painting it is art and doing the exact same thing in 3D doesn't qualify you as an artist?

  • Rick Van de Schepop

    I think this might have caused some unnecessary 911 calls 😛

  • Vols fan

    #13 the ring??? #22 what's he thinking – let's scare some kids…maybe put a the clown face from "It" on it…

  • Ahrash

    #1 "Just carrying my living room lamp around, HEY! a guy with the head in the wall, my lamps still better…."

  • Jin Jung

    #13 and #21 are freaky as shit. I love it!

  • Prick

    Nope. Sucks like Banksy.

  • Guest

    Ah yes. Art….From the latin meaning "Do weird shit pretentiously"

  • Mr.Hanky

    Im gonna take pictures of my turds, hang it in random public places, and call it art.

    • Dick Salad

      Same concept… At least your turds wouldn't warrant 911 calls that eat up tax dollars.

    • Heywood Jablomi

      "It's not a turd…
      It's a sculpture I made with my anus!"

      • chivetteee


  • thatskiinggirl

    #1 Is the guy carrying the lamp the art?

    • windowlicker

      I thought that lamp carrying guy was the art too & the guy in the background was just some drunk Russian that accidentally ended up in the picture.

      • thatskiinggirl

        lol! Think it makes a better picture!

  • twd22285

    "Sometimes I lay in my yard really still and act like a carrot.."

    -Mark Jenkins

    • thatskiinggirl

      Do you have a bunny?

  • bamboofloor

    Dumbest fucking thing ever. Why is this on the Chive?

  • Tyno

    #13 and #21 Bro My GOD
    Now i can't sleep xD

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