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Olympic Artist In Residence Wows Rio Visitors
Published Aug 20, 2016 at 3:57 PM | Updated at 4:02 PM EDT on Aug 20, 2016
French artist JR wowed Rio visitors during the Olympics with his larger-than-life art installations throughout the city. JR is one of three artists in residence for the Rio Games, a first in Olympic history.
According to the artist's website, JR uses athletes "whose identity is blurred behind the 'perfect motion' from an instantly recognizable Olympic event: diving, the high jump and the swimming section of the triathlon."
JR's website describes the installations as black-and-white images on ultra-large scaffolds, "which themselves form an integral part of the installation, being the only things capable of supporting such large pictures. Each installation offers a plurality of viewpoints from both up close and far away."