JR in Kenya: Functional Art

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JR, creator of the Inside Out Project had taken his art one step further. The project sets out to call attention to social issues affecting cities all over the world by pasting larger than life posters of people on buildings throughout the city. In Kenya, however, JR essentially covered 2000 square meters of rooftops with photos of the women of Kibera Kenya, with a water resistant material so that the photo itself will protect the houses in the heavy rain season. The Kenya project started in 2009 and JR and crew went back this year to cover another 1800 meter of rooftop. It speaks to the power of art and how it can be not only beautiful, but useful.

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