THE GIANT INSTALLATIONS THAT GRACED THE STREETS OF RIO FOR THE OLYMPICS

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French street artist JR revealed new striking installations in Rio ahead of the just concluded 2016 Olympic Games. Each giant structures portrayed an Olympic athlete turning the city into their own playground. JR explained that the image of the jumper back-flipping over a 25-storey building was a tribute to Sudanese Mohammed Youness Idris who was unable to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games because of an injury. “He still came to Rio and jumps over a building in Flamengo,” JR said in an Instagram post.sculptures-in-rio-1sculptures-in-rio-4The evasive artist is well known for his style of work; large installations which he has done across the globe covering walls and buildings in 129 countries. Recently, he covered a popular Paris landmark (Pyramid of Louvre) in his black and white signature imagery. Read more about this: JR hides the Louvre in Plain Sight. He also disclosed three completed installations in Rio; a diver in Barra, a swimmer in Guanabara and a high jumper back flipping over a building in the Flamengo Vicinity. This is not the first time he is creating an installation in Rio. In 2008, he did a project Women are Heroes that showed the faces of local women across one of the city’s vicinity known as Favelas.

To learn more about JR and his works, visit www.jr-art.net or follow him on Instagram @JR. To find out more about his project in Rio visit insideoutproject.net/rio2016.   All images are courtesy of JR

You can also visit CNN.com/Jr-Rio-Olympics for more.sculptures-in-rio-3sculptures-in-rio-5

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