A Parisian street artist known only as “JR” has been making waves in the international art scene for a few years now. So much so that the New York City Ballet contracted him to design their latest art installation. You can check out the part-documentary, part-trailer for the exhibit here:
The trailer makes the final product look intriguingly ambiguous, but it definitely looks cool. JR’s trademark is taking powerful photographs and pasting them–large-scale–on physical boards and walls across Paris.
“It’s just a portrait. For me, it has no meaning until I do something with it. The moment I started pasting photos on the street, I realized the power of paper and glue. The power of actually an image on the street, and how people would actually react to it.” – JR
He uses the movement of ballet in his photographs, generating powerful and evocative shapes out of human bodies. The ballet was a natural fit. The end product, a massive cloud-like eye, was pasted on the floor of the NYCB’s main hall.
“The skills of dance help the artwork become such another piece.” – JR