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Thousands of athletes have travelled to Rio in the past two weeks, which was expected–it’s the Olympics, after all. What wasn’t expected was the larger-than-life King Kong athletes who showed up too. French artist, JR, has created two giant art installations in the city as part of his ‘Inside Out’ project. These pieces use scaffolding frames to stay upright and took days to create, and the end result is quite impressive.


One of the two pieces is of Mohamed Younis Idris, an athlete from Sudan, high jumping over a residential complex. Idris missed out on qualifiers because of an injury but JR explains that he brought him to Rio anyway. His Instagram further explains the art project and what inspired it. 


The other also depicts an athlete who couldn’t make it to the games. Leonie Perio is a French triathlete who JR decided deserved a second chance too. This piece actually sits in the water and seems as though it was quite a challenge to get it there.


The artist also displayed some art in his signature style–photo collages–and extended his ‘Inside Out’ project in several more places around Rio.

JR Inside Out project
JR/Getty Images

Looks like this guy deserves the gold medal in Olympic art creation. It had to have taken great athleticism to put up these huge displays too. Somebody start singing the French national anthem, we’re giving this artist top Olympic honors.

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