Last Friday, Jim and I took our friends Gina and Mark to MOMA and then headed slightly cross-town to Times Square. The street artist JR currently has the Inside Out Project set up there and we wanted to check it out and hopefully get to participate.
JR is best known for his portraits, so as part of this project he’s taking portraits of New Yorkers throughout the 5 boroughs and installing them in areas around the city. To make the process crazy efficient, they have a fully outfitted photography studio truck, so they’ve been moving the truck from neighborhood to neighborhood. If you visit their Facebook Page, the portraits done around the Rockaways and other Sandy stricken areas are so powerful it makes me well up. I highly recommend checking it out.
We had heard the photo truck was in Times Square so we took a quick walk over to see if we could participate. Sadly, they weren’t there due to a 10k race being set up for the weekend. But we still had a great time enjoying the incredible weather and checking out all the portraits pasted to the sidewalks.
Gina and I also wanted to take the opportunity to take our own portraits amongst the portraits. How meta, right?
The Inside Out Project is supposed to be in Times Square through May 10th. Jim and I are still hoping to make it there one day after work to get ours done. If you participate you have the option to either have it pasted at the site, or to take it home with you. We’d love to have the portraits for our apartment, so fingers crossed we’ll be able to make it happen!