On March 26, in the center of London on the roof of a building belonging to the British television corporation ITV, there were statues of 84 men. They are dressed in casual clothes and stand as if they are about to jump off a skyscraper. Sculptures became part of the “Project 84”, dedicated to the prevention of suicide among men under 45 years of age.
The action was invented by American artist Mark Jenkins (Mark Jenkins) and charity organization CALM. According to them, in the United Kingdom every week 84 people commit suicide, three quarters of them are men. Jenkins noted that people need to overcome embarrassment and start talking about the mental health of men openly to solve the problem.
ITV provided the developers of Project 84 with the roofs of their buildings until April 1. Jenkins created statues from “casts” of real friends and relatives of people who committed suicide. In social networks, they disagreed about the action: some called the sculptures an excellent idea, while others said that they were uncomfortable because of the figures at the edge of the roof.