mark jenkins is a washington dc based street artist best known for his tape sculptures. his sculptures range from giraffes to babies to big lollipops to headless street people. his installations are funny, witty and slightly absurd, and of course absurd in the best way. for instance, colored tape horses afixed on light posts seeming to create an impromptu merry-go-round. large plastic tape around a parking meter tuning it into a gianormous lolli pop. a plastic tape hydrant sitting in the woods. each of these sculptures uses the landscape to let the viewer draw their own conclusion.
jenkin's started an ongoing installation called the storker project, where plastic tape babies have been placed all over the world in such places like poland, brazil, portugal, italy, la, nyc, and the list continues to grow. the babies are often placed in conspicuous places. sometimes so obvious they can be overlooked, liked hanging from a bridge, an underpass. they are placed in shopping carts, on sign posts and allowed to interact w/ their surroundings and perhaps even you. in fact on mark's website the explanation of the project says specifically that it was created to "incite select individuals from the public at large." he encourages you to if you have the inclination...
"If while passsing by one you feel strange sensations in your nipples or fingertips, adopt the infant, breast feed, and give it plenty of pTLC. It will gradually mature to a full size Tape Man or Woman to co-habitate with you and eventually take you to the Glazed Paradise (or possibly oust you from your home)."
there is a link to a tape tutortial on mark's site so you can make your own babies. you can look at all the great tape and other installations on his website, www.xmarkjenkinsx.com