One of the coolest art installations we’ve seen.
Athletes have begun arriving for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and it seems like the mantra “go big or go home” is the order of the day, that’s at least according to renowned French street artist JR.
JR created two incredible larger-than-life sculptures that seem to interact with the city by bringing the Olympics mood into it. The artist uses his signature black-and-white style through his sculptures, which are part of his globally interactive “Inside Out” series.
His first installation portrays 27-year-old Mohamed Younes Idress, a high jumper from Sudan. JR depicts Mohamed, who lives in Cologne, Germany, leaping over the roof of a large residential complex in Rio. This enormous leap shows Mohamed’s somewhat “miraculous” appearance at the Rio games despite missing out on qualifications.
The second installation, which is located in Barra District, shows an unidentified athlete with spread-out arms as if to dive into the ocean. Just like the first installation, this second one is also supported with metal beams to keep it in its place.
Apart from the fact that the athletes depicted by JR aren’t household names, they won’t even be at the games physically. However, there’s no worry on their part because they’ve at least made an appearance thanks to JR’s cool art.