There is no event for art installations at the Olympics, but if there were, French artist JR would definitely be going home with the gold.
Utilizing metal scaffolding and semitransparent, monochromatic material, JR was able to create massive installations dedicated to the athletes who will be competing in Brazil during the 2016 Olympics.
Another piece in the center of Rio ! 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 🙂 Une autre Oeuvre au centre ville de Rio. Mohamed YOUNES IDRISS, 27 ans, originaire du Soudan. Il vit et s’entraine à Cologne (Allemagne). Il ne s’est pas qualifié pour les JO de Rio 2016 mais il est la bas autrement 🙂 Mohamed Younes Idriss, 27 anos, vem do Sudão. Esse atleta mora e treina em Cologne (Alemanha). Ele se machucou alguns dias antes de uma prova pra se qualificar nas olimpíadas do Rio 2016. Ele tem o recorde africano de salto em altura. #ioprio2016 #Brazil @moha.228
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The athlete depicted is Mohamed Younes Idriss, a 27-year-old high jumper born in Sudan. Idriss trained for the games in Cologne, Germany. Though he came up short during qualification and missed out on this year’s Olympics, JR wrote on Instagram that “he is there some how.”
A second installation by JR is located at the shore of Atlantic Ocean in Rio’s Barra neighborhood. An unidentified swimmer is shown mid-dive in the piece, which JR called his “first flying piece.”
My first flying piece … Almost done installing some new artworks with a complete new technique ! Working on it since almost a year … More images and stories to come !! ???@camille @malubarretto @guillaumelefrancois @emile @marc @vikmuniz @guillaumecagniard @natachalangmantil @alabaz @takao5020 @fergusonag @luigerman @julianaluna and all the team who worked on this !!! #ioprio2016 #Rio
The artist is still in Brazil, working on additional pieces that will also aim to capture the spirit of the Games and its host city.