Streets | JR Goes Big in Rio For the Olympics

August 2, 2016  |  Streets

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As the world descends on Rio—for better or worse—for the kickoff of the Olympic summer games this week, Supertouch buddy JR has created some new monuments of his own around the city honoring the unsung heroes of the games. A massive swimmer is now poised above the beach, mid-dive, while a giant  high jumper backflips over an apartment tower in the heart of the city. Unlike the corporate advertising that fills the city at the moment, however, JR’s new works feature unknown, non-Olympic athletes in an effort to draw attention to those who train in obscurity and didn’t make the cut for this year’s games. Explains the artist, in reference to his new high-jumper piece, “high jump performed by Mohamed Younes Idriss, 27, from Sudan. He lives and trains in Cologne, Germany. He missed out on qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics but he is there some how :)”

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JR & Crew in their Rio hotel room…



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