Friday, September 19th, 2008
French photographer and muralist JR hit downtown New York this week, while visiting to set up for Lazaridies’ Outsiders show. The massive piece went up in Open Roads Park, on the side of East Side Community High School. The mural expands on JR’s epic project, The Hills Have Eyes, in which the artist immersed his images in the crime-ridden slums of Rio de Janeiro, covering buildings with enlarged portraits of women whose lives have been impacted by violence, conflict, and loss. The New York mural adds an additional layer of complexity to the project, depicting a photograph JR took of one of his prints already installed on the steps of a building in Favela de Providencia, with local residents walking above. An additional piece can be seen at the corner Houston and Bowery St, or catch a pic of it over at The World’s Best Ever.