Art in Rio: Larger-than-life athlete installations by artist JR
At his last monumental installation, JR turned the Louvre into an anamorphic sight by wrapping a large photographic piece around the iconic glass pyramid, making it "disappear" against the palace façade. This time, he strikes at Rio—in conjunction with the 2016 Olympic Games, he has installed two towering installations depicting athletes in action across the city landscape.
By way of construction scaffolding, he installed black and white photographs representing two athletes on metal structures. The first work depicts Sudanese high jumper Ali Mohamed Younes Idris, who may have missed out on this year's Olympics, but is honoured by JR in Rio as he is shown mid-leap on top of an apartment building in Avenida Rui Barbosa facing Flamenco beach.
80 years ago the Olympics happened in Berlin. Hitler wanted to use them to demonstrate the supremacy of the Aryan race. Today they will open in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a "mixed race" country ("país mestiço"). Even though Brazil is going through political and economic turmoil and the necessity of the Games at this moment can spark controversy, the Olympic spirit will joyfully be welcomed by the people tonight. This is Mohamed, a Sudanese athlete who couldn't make it to the Games because of an injury. He still came to Rio and jumps over a building in Flamengo. #IOPrio2016 ( address : aterro do Flamengo, best point to see it: in front of the former Porcão s Rio)
In the nearby Barra neighbourhood, the second installation is found featuring an image of an anonymous swimmer seemingly diving into the ocean.