Street Artist Brings Giant Athletes To Rio De Janeiro

French street artist and photographer JR has erected epic public installations all around the world and with all eyes on Rio de Janeiro this week as the Summer Olympics begin, the Brazilian city was an obvious choice for his latest work.

In celebration of the Olympics, JR created two enormous athletes draped over scaffolding.


The first, installed on the roof of a residential complex, depicts high jumper Mohamed Younes Idriss, a 27-year-old from Sudan who lives and trains in Cologne, Germany but did not qualify for the 2016 Games.

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The second depicts a diver about to make a huge splash in the nearby ocean and took nearly a year to complete.


Check out some photos of the creation of the two new installations and see more of JR’s work on Instagram @jr.

For more pictures and info please visit JR’s Instagram

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