We here at TAE are so stoked to find out that one of our fav street artists JR was invited by the New York Times Magazine for a very exciting project that may or may not have slipped past everyone’s noses.

Last month, the NY Times reached out to JR to think about a project they could do together. The semi-anonymous street artist then told them about one he’s been working on over the past year. The project is about immigration, and he had already started on Ellis Island.

“So, we started looking for people who arrived less than a year ago. We chose 15 coming from all over the world,” JR explained in his latest Instagram post. “I photographed them walking in the city all of them completely unknown living in the shadows of the city and learning English slowly.”

In true JR fashion, he pasted a shot he took of 20-year-old Elmar, hailing from Azerbaijan, on the floor of Flat Iron Plaza in New York City. The image is 150 in height, but something as massive as that still went by nearly unnoticed by people roaming the area.

“People walked on him all day and no one really noticed him,” JR continued. “Today he is on the cover of the NYtimes magazine that comes out this Sunday on paper while everyone else is in the shadow (sic).”

JR then thanked the people who helped make the Walking New York project happen – Kathy Ryan, Jake Silverstein, and Christine Walsh, as well as everyone else who pitched in. Check out the issue of the NY Times this Sunday to see the rest of how the project turned out!

Last month the New York Times Magazine @nytimes reached out to me to think about a project together… I told them I have been working for a year on Immigration and I would love to continue what I started on Ellis Island in the city. So, we started looking for people who arrived less than a year ago. We chose 15 coming from all over the world. I photographed them walking in the city … all of them completely unknown… living in the shadows of the city and learning English slowly. We pasted Elmar, 20 years old who came from Azerbaijan, on the floor of Flat Iron Plaza in New York City. The image was 150 feet high. People walked on him all day and no one really noticed him… Today he is on the cover of the NYtimes magazine that comes out this Sunday on paper… while everyone else is in the shadow 🙂 …………… @kathyryan1 @jakesilverstein #ChristineWalsh and the massive team who helped making this possible!!! #walkingnewyork

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