JR – the French street artist behind INSIDE OUT, a large-scale participatory art project he launched in 2011 after winning the TED Prize - has just completed a gorgeous installation of more than 4,000 black and white portraits at Panthéon in Paris. The installation, called Au Panthéon!, features the faces of ordinary everyday citizens within the interior of the mausoleum.
A secular temple which contains the remains of distinguished French citizens, the Panthéon is currently one of largest restoration projects in Europe – which is expected to take up to ten years to complete.
The Centre des Monuments Nationaux collaborated with JR to create this special installation in order to raise awareness of the Panthéon’s restoration work. The portraits on display, collected during March of this year, were selected to represent the “diversity of the contemporary world” and encapsulate the humanistic and universal values embodied by the Panthéon.
For more information, please visit: www.insideoutproject.net.