JR installs life sized athletes to celebrate the Olympic Games in Rio


French street-artist JR, famous for his black and white photographs, has unveiled two major public art installations in Rio de Janeiro to coincide with the opening of the Olympic Games. JR, who has been working on a new technique for almost a year, uses printed fabric over scaffolding structures to give a translucent effect to the photographic images.

The Inside Out project features two large-scale installations representing athletes in action – one diving into the sea in Barra da Tijuca and the second high jumping over the Hilton Santos building in the Flamengo neighbourhood.  It honours the high-jumper Mohamed Younes Idriss, a 27-year-old athlete from Sudan

This is not the first time JR has created artworks in Brazil. In 2008, and to honour victims of wars, crimes, rape, JR had covered the Morro da Providência Rio favela installing huge mysterious pictures of faces and eyes of women.