French street artist JR turns the Olympics host city into an urban canvas
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.