“I wanted to put my eye in there”: JR on his collaboration with the New York City ballet

Originally posted on TED Blog:

A look at JR's latest work—a mural of an eye, formed out of the bodies of the New York City Ballet's dancers.

A look at JR’s latest work—a mural of an eye, formed out of the bodies of the New York City Ballet’s dancers.

Artist JR’s latest project turns the floor of the David H. Koch Theater, home of the New York City Ballet, into a swirl of bodies. For it, JR photographed the company’s dancers and assembled their portraits into a 6,500-square-foot mural that stretches the length of the lobby. Walking on the floor is surreal, as each dancer appears life-sized below your feet. But stand in a balcony and you see a whole new reality: that the dancer’s bodies converge to form an eye.

We spoke to JR about this unique work, which is on display now. Read on for a few shockers — like that JR only saw his first ballet in 2013, and that he is now choreographing one.

The view from the balcony. Photo: JR via Instagram The view of the piece, in place. Photo: JR…

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