Right before the opening of the 2016 summer Olympics, a remarkable French artist, JR, showed two massive magnificent sculptures. The two sculptures uncovered depict athletes that interact with the city.
One of them is of an unknown diver diving into the water near Rio’s Barra and the other one is of Mohamed Younes Idriss, a Cologne-based Sudanese high jumper, who is high jumping over a 25 story building.
JR told on his Instagram account,
“He missed out on qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics but he is there somehow.”
These sculptures are made out of fabric draped over a metallic structure. The sculpture has been given a mystical look as some light penetrates the material because the fabric is printed on with high detail.
This work was like that of a Korean artist, Do Ho Suh, who is very popular due to his thought-provoking sculptures. One of which shows an enormous full story home designed with extraordinary detail. The pictures called “Home Within Home Within Home Within Home Within Home” is scaled 1:1 of two homes the artist lived in prior to creating the design.
The comments on the JR’s Instagram account make it seem that he might be releasing new abstract work in the near future.