Saturday, October 13, 2012

JR Does DC

I must see this.

From the WaPo...
The signs say “I Am a Man,” but the new mural at 14th and T streets NW might make you contemplate what it means to be a Washingtonian, an American or a human. After two days of gluing from precarious three-story scaffolding, the French street artist JR completed his first D.C. installation: a building draped in Ernest Withers’s iconic civil-rights-era photo of the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike. 
“This says it all, ‘I am a man,’ ” said JR, referencing the signs the pickets are holding in the photo. “They created such a strong and powerful image that still resonates today, but in another context. Still people say, ‘I am a man,’ but they care less about the color [of their skin]. It’s ‘we are humans, we are here, we want to exist.’ And I like that, I think that’s pretty powerful.”

Previous posts about JR and his art are here, here, here, here, and here

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