A silent scream has risen along the High Line, a fierce face from the Dakotas that's the latest paste job from flyposting artist JR. This raging warrior overseeing West Chelsea is Brandon Many Ribs, just one of many faces from the Inside Out Project, a megascale collaboration between JR, winner of the 2011 TED Prize, and people from around the globe. Together they're creating the planet's largest participatory art project. JR talks about the world-wide effort to join art and action on a newly released vid at TED, and outlines what it takes to make it happen: people, energy, glue.
For this latest piece, the French photograffeur and his tireless team toiled under the weekend sun, strapped to the basket of a cherry picker, slapping up paste and papering the wall of 513 West 29th Street. 64 printed panels make up this work, all getting glued to bricks within a few feet of the High Line's north end. Weekend walkers called out to JR, now recognizable far and wide, and the big face became the latest back drop for photo ops in the sky. During a mid-day break under the shade of the old tracks, JR said the interaction with the park-goers pumped up the team.
Walls around the city are showing the faces of Native Americans, all part of the Lakota Series of the Inside Out Project. JR's NYC installation started with a North Dakota tribesman, DJ Two Bears of the Standing Rock Nation, whose face appeared near the Bowery last summer. Soon other faces followed at the intersection of Wooster and Grand in Soho. Last month, the same young warrior now towering over Tenth Avenue showed up on Mulberry Street, overlooking the cemetery at Old St. Patrick's Cathedral.
· North Dakota Native Americans [Inside Out Project]
· JR coverage [Curbed]