Rio de Janeiro is all about sports this month, with the first Olympic Games in South America captivating the city.
Along with Olympic events, an artistic sports-related project is also drawing attention from tourists and Brazilians in the host city.
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The world-recognized Marvelous City in even more beautiful thanks to French artist JR, who created a project called “Inside Out”. The work consists in two large installations made with construction scaffolding, forming athletic figures.
The project came when JR decided to create something special to celebrate Rio 2016. And he did it. The result is impressive and inspiring. Check it out.
Another piece in the center of Rio ! High jump performed by … Mohamed YOUNES IDRISS, 27, from SUDAN. He lives and trains in Cologne, Germany. He missed out on qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics but he is there some how :) Une autre Oeuvre au centre ville de Rio. Mohamed YOUNES IDRISS, 27 ans, originaire du Soudan. Il vit et s’entraine à Cologne (Allemagne). Il ne s'est pas qualifié pour les JO de Rio 2016 mais il est la bas autrement :) Mohamed Younes Idriss, 27 anos, vem do Sudão. Esse atleta mora e treina em Cologne (Alemanha). Ele se machucou alguns dias antes de uma prova pra se qualificar nas olimpíadas do Rio 2016. Ele tem o recorde africano de salto em altura. #ioprio2016 #Brazil @moha.228
The first sculpture is a portrait of a high jumper placed on the roof of a residential building. According to JR, his inspiration was Sudanese Mohamed Younes Idriss, an athlete who missed out on qualification for Rio 2016.
The piece was finished a few days before the start of the Olympic Games.
80 years ago the Olympics happened in Berlin. Hitler wanted to use them to demonstrate the supremacy of the Aryan race. Today they will open in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a "mixed race" country ("país mestiço"). Even though Brazil is going through political and economic turmoil and the necessity of the Games at this moment can spark controversy, the Olympic spirit will joyfully be welcomed by the people tonight. This is Mohamed, a Sudanese athlete who couldn't make it to the Games because of an injury. He still came to Rio and jumps over a building in Flamengo. #IOPrio2016 ( address : aterro do Flamengo, best point to see it: in front of the former Porcão s Rio)
This picture shows JR’s sculpture featuring Rio’s main symbol, Christ the Redeemer, on its right side. The photographer caught the exact moment that an airplane flew over the piece.
And finally this piece is in the water in Botafogo Bay in Rio… :))) @leonieperio is now swimming in the city even she's not here this time! #ioprio2016 #Rio … A special thanks to @malubarretto who fought like an athletes with the navy so that this piece could be in the water… 🙏 team work @emile @guillaumelefrancois @camille @marc @natachalangmantil @alabaz @guillaumecagniard
The second sculpture was inspired by the French triathlon athlete Leonie Periault, who also isn’t in Rio and it seems the artist’s team had to do some negotiations with the Brazilian navy to preserve Periault’s likeness.
The flying sculpture is placed in the Barra neighbourhood, most specifically at the beach Praia do Pepê, and was finished this week.
If you are in Rio for the Olympic Games and have a break between events, take a time to see these amazing pieces of art.