Artist JR reveals two giant athlete sculptures interacting with the streets of Rio

As if making the pyramid of the Louvre disappear in Paris wasn't enough, French street artist JR has unveiled two stunning new works in Rio, ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games which kick off tomorrow.

The giant sculptures of athletes are interacting with the streets of the Brazilian city, with one depicting Sudanese high jumper Mohamed Younes Idriss seemingly back-flipping over a 25-storey apartment block. Speaking of the artwork JR said: "He missed out on qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics but he is there somehow."

Wonder how he does it? JR creates the installations by printing his photography on to giant sheets of fabric, which are then attached to scaffolds. Expect more from JR over the coming weeks. To follow his latest works, check out his website at or follow him on Instagram @JR.

Via StreetArtNews & Colossal