The Poop Vigilante is ready to reveal himself to the world, and it turns out he’s a very tall dude in a plaid shirt who makes poop art on his roof. Hey, everybody’s got a hobby.
We first wrote about the vigilante here after he placed posters, poop samples and framed photos of poop on West 83rd and 84th streets last week. He wrote in an email sent today to West Side Rag that his name is Phil Kirkman and says on his website that he’s a “New York City based maker of random content.” He has chronicled his exploits at www.pooproject.com.
It turns out the poop he placed in glass jars at the foot of trees was actually a peanut butter and chocolate mixture. (So if you ate it by accident, you’ll probably survive.)
Kirkman’s done other performance art-humor projects before and you can see them on his website. (His other projects include a beefcake taxi driver calendar which is pretty hilarious.) Check out the “Poo Project” video below, and our brief email Q&A with him below that:
West Side Rag: Why do this in such elaborate fashion?
Kirkman: I’m an artist by trade so I attacked it from a few different angles – highlighting the poor enforcement of the law, suggesting a solution (albeit one that probably isn’t practical right now), executing the stunt, and providing some education/information on the topic – to amplify the message.
WSR: Do you think dogwalker behavior has changed since you started?
K: I highly doubt it – although I didn’t go into it thinking we would see a change in behavior as a direct result. In fact, someone actually let their dog poop right near one of the frames. The goal was more to raise awareness with those willing to listen. Accost any New Yorker or suggest a different way of acting and you’re sure to be met with vitriol rather than open-mindedness. I’ve lived here long enough to know better.
WSR: Any response to complaints the glass on the frames has broken and now litters the street?
K: Any broken glass from the frames was promptly cleaned up as I regularly checked the area. Maybe not as quickly as some would like, but I did my best. To my knowledge, no jars were broken. At this point, there isn’t any glass littering the sidewalks, plant beds or the street. Everything was picked up and cleared last week.