Giant athlete art installation commemorates Rio Olympics

To celebrate the start of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the conceptual artist known as artist JR has created two new public artworks in the city.

The pair of installations build by the French artist consist of t larger than life athletic figures on metal poles, placed in dramatic locations across the urban landscape.

The first sculpture is installed on the roof of a large residental complex, comprising a massive arrangement of scaffolding which holds the massive image of a high jumper.

JR said the monochromatic figure represents Mohamed Younes Idriss — a 27 year old from Sudan who lives and trains in Cologne, Germany.

“He missed out on qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics but he is there some how,” said  JR