JR, a semi-anonymous French street artist, uses his camera to show the world its true face by pasting photos of the human face across massive canvases all around the world; presenting viewers with the question, “Can art change the world?” Touring city after city, country after country, pasting his larger than life pieces across buildings and walls, JR has brought his talents to Atlanta by way of the Living Walls organization. For this project, JR appropriately chose to tackle Civil Rights, an issue that was so monumental to the formation of the look and feel of Atlanta. Reflecting on the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the city that Dr. King and countless other Civil Rights leaders built is paid homage to through a series of three large prints, featuring actual images taken during the March on Washington in 1963.
Understandably, not everyone will be able to view this series in person, so we’ve taken images of all of the pieces and included them below along with locations for those who want to check it out for themselves:
Located on the intersection of Hillard St. and Auburn Ave.
Located on the intersection of Hillard St. and Edgewood Ave.
Located at 150 Edgewood Ave.