As some of you may know, JR has been coming to Rio a lot recently, installing some of his famous street art in Rio's favelas. Now, for the Olympics, the artist is back in town - and shows us that he's turned things up a notch. He has just finished installing what is, in my opinion, one of his most impressive artworks of all times, which celebrates the Olympic spirit.
Instead of using pasted paper, as he usually does, he installed a large scaffolding atop one of Rio's abandoned building complexes, which overlooks the Guanabara bay, placing a large papercut - with a larger-than-life depiction of an athlete - over the huge metal structure. The end result shows a jumping athlete - who seems to have jumped over the entire building. In his account, the artist explained that the figure represents Mohamed Younes Idriss, a young athlete from Sudan who unfortunately wasn't able to participate in the qualifications for the Olympics and therefore is not present in the upcoming ceremony.
This was JR's way of including the athlete at Rio 2016. For those in Rio, do not miss out in seeing this amazing artwork in person!