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Life-Sized Dolls Take Over London Streets [Pics]

British artist puts dummies in realistic positions on street corners, benches, and headfirst into trash cans to highlight the plight of the homeless.

Daniela Walker
Daniela Walker on June 14, 2013. @emptyofpocket

For the past two years, artist Mark Roberts aka Markrobla has been playing dress-up with dolls. He takes life-sized dummies dresses them up like any average Joe and then he puts them out on the streets of the UK in varying positions.

Roberts says that the dolls are free street art sculptures put there to be ‘enjoyed and viewed by anyone who walks by.’ While some are placed in comical positions, such as standing facing the corner of a building seemingly doing his business, others take on a more serious tone. In a series called Down in the Dumps, Roberts stuffed the first half of the dressed dummies into public trash cans, where they seem to be stuck or have fallen asleep. While the sculptures may amuse and bemuse, Roberts’ work are visible reminders of the plight of the destitute. He leaves other dummies on street corners, wrapped in sleeping bags with bottles surrounding them. Whatever Roberts intention, the street art certainly inspires conversation.

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See some of Roberts’ installations in the gallery below:

Mark Roberts

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