Temporary work of artDiscovery tour: From a garden to another
Six characters form absurd scenes, at the bend in a street. They are the work of Mark Jenkins, who’s been placing these “Embed Bodies” in various cities around the world for years. To do this, the street artist always uses the same method: using stretch plastic film and adhesive tape, he uses the bodies of volunteers to create life-size moulds, which he then dresses.
The result is disturbing: these characters who never show their faces then take their place in the urban landscape, as they would on a theatre stage. For Mark Jenkins, it’s about involving passers-by, who decide their reaction to these farcical or disturbing situations.
In Le Havre, the artist has created six characters in the city centre who use architecture as a playground, starting with this ambitious skateboarder who’s contemplating the slope of the Volcan below him, a forbidden dream for boarding enthusiasts.
Since many years, Mark Jenkins has been making his installations with his collaborator Sandra Fernandez.
“My intention is to insert solitary figures into our visual landscape, to change its atmosphere; sometimes subtly, sometimes to create a spectacle. The reactions of the city, whether they come from people, pigeons or the police, transform the artistic object into a theatrical installation that involves us. So even if the sculpture itself is static, the reactions it creates are dynamic. “ Mark Jenkins
Several city centre locations
Étape 7 du From a garden to another
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