Situated in the triangle below the Flatiron Building in Manhattan, the one-of-a-kind mural by JR stands at an impressive 150 feet and features a black-and-white shade of a regular man walking through the city. [And the time-lapse video above shows the progression of the mural’s public installation as thousands of New York City pedestrians walk across and interact with the giant mural.]
So what you actually see on the cover of this week’s New York Times Magazine is real. The image is by the French artist JR, who is known for pasting giant photographs on urban surfaces all over the world.
Do note this, too: lately, JR’s work has been preoccupied with the theme of immigration. An installation at Ellis Island features large archival photographs of immigrants displayed throughout the island’s abandoned hospital.
But for this project, the NY Times decided they’d photograph recent immigrants and paste their images on the city’s streets, where they and other immigrants are often invisible. The pasting would be made in the heart of Manhattan, on Flatiron plaza, the triangle of pavement between Fifth Avenue, Broadway and East 23rd Street.