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Paris’ Pantheon Gets the Selfie Treatment from Street Photographer JR

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by Promila Shastri last modified Jun 19, 2014

In a spirited merging of high and low art only possible in this digital age, French photographer and street artist JR, whose haunting, colossal black-and-white portraits have illuminated the favelas of Rio and the streets of New York City alike, has just completed his most mind-bending project yet: covering the — Continue reading …




 

 

Screen shot 2014-06-19 at 2.25.59 PMIn a spirited merging of high and low art only possible in this digital age, French photographer and street artist JR, whose haunting, colossal black-and-white portraits have illuminated the favelas of Rio and the streets of New York City alike, has just completed his most mind-bending project yet: covering the floor, and dome of Paris’ stately Pantheon with a montage of ‘selfies.’

The installation, for which JR was personally commissioned by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux, will keep visitors temporarily engaged while the 18th Century Neoclassical building undergoes extensive renovations—while, almost surely, adding more luster to JR’s well-established reputation as, quite literally, a man of the people.

As with the artist’s previous such endeavors, public participation lies at the heart of the Pantheon project—the latest in JR’s Inside Out global art undertakings—with enthusiasts urged to immortalize themselves via JR’s traveling photo booth truck, and to then upload their images to the artist’s website. 4,000 selfies in all were chosen for the installation, which opened on June 4th, and runs through October 5th. As if we needed another reason to see Paris.Screen shot 2014-06-19 at 2.23.58 PMScreen shot 2014-06-19 at 2.23.28 PMactuinstallScreen shot 2014-06-19 at 2.59.35 PMImages: JR


 

 

 
 
 

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