JR has entered the Pantheon !
French street artist JR has completed an installation on an epic scale, canvassing the interior and exterior architectural elements of paris’ renowned pantheon building during its renovation during the exhibition “Au Pantheon !”.
Commissioned by the centre des monuments nationaux, ‘au pantheon’ derives from the artist’s ongoing ‘inside out project’, an international participatory program that asks people to take their picture and paste it in their community, to support an idea and spread a message.
The Pantheon in Paris just got a major makeover. the mausoleum, home to some of France’s greatest icons, features the faces of ordinary folk while the landmark undergoes extensive restorations.
Street artist JR has created a mosaic for the temporary redesign. “Those resting here risked their lives. The great men of tomorrow are perhaps among these portraits,” JR explains.
For this iteration, within one of the word’s most famous sites, JR has collected hundreds of portraits during the month of march 2014 with his traveling photo booth truck. JR also created a website so anyone could upload photos of their faces in order to take part in the Pantheon project
The artist then narrowed down thousands of portraits by quality, choosing only the most expressive models. The amassed black-and-white images have been used to create a mosaic that is visible around the drum of the building, beneath the dome, on certain places within the monument, and on the floor, creating a photographic runway down the center of the site.
For the final installation, JR installed 4,160 anonymous faces on the scaffolding on the exterior of the landmark, and within the mausoleum itself.
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