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Art May, 8 2013

JR Puts Art on Rikers Island

Following a look at his NYC studio, JR unveils his latest installation at none other than Rikers Island – an island prison in the East River between Queens and the Bronx.  His large-scale wheatpasted work depicts a large eye of an inmate who in JR’s own words “wanted me to choose his eye looking left as life in jail is all about watching your back. He came out in the jail yard when we were pasting. He’s 18-years-old, it’s his second time in jail. Even if no one will recognize his eye he knows he’s part of a bigger picture.”

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