If you took the L train in or out of Bedford Avenue (New York City's Most Relevant Subway Station) today, you may have noticed a man covered head to toe in shiny green wrapping paper just sitting there on the bench. Whatever! You may have opted NOT TO ENGAGE the Pulp Fiction-esque Gimp Man, which is our modus operandi when encountering such characters on or off the subway. But if the sight left you mildly curious, here's an explainer.

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(Julian Cole)

Area man Julian Cole, whose last subway project, L Degrees, predicted the temperature at every station on the L line, tells us that the man inside the wrapping paper is not in fact a man at all, but rather a life-size mold Cole made of his own body, then covered in festive paper. It's important to stay busy.

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(Julian Cole)

Cole's installation, in one of the more crowded subway stations in the system, is intended as a "friendly reminder" to the MTA about "the 2.4% population growth rate that is happening in Brooklyn at the moment." A Holiday card attached to the mold reads, "Dear MTA, Merry Christmas! Here's a present I am sure you are looking forward to opening. Add this one to the other 60,000 presents who have moved into the borough in the last 2 years! Best of luck with those extra trains services. Love, Brooklyn."

Last month, the MTA confirmed that it would add more trains along the L line during peak travel times, so there's plenty of room for gimps of all shapes and sizes.