Artist JR’s Newest Paris Installation

by ally redmond
eiffel tower artwork

A fun new view of the City of Lights’ most emblematic icon. The mysterious French photographer and street artist (or “photograffeur,” as he describes himself) who goes by the pseudonym JR has struck the capital once again.


The master illusionist specializes in “infiltrating art” – larger-than-life, black-and-white portraits superimposed in public locations that beckon audience participation. His refusal to reveal his identity or offer up any meanings or explanations behind his works contributes to his popularity. And despite JR’s anonymity and silence, it’s clear his art plays with themes of identity, freedom and limitations, and his projects enact great joy for their onlookers.

© JR

His latest stroke of genius sent waves through the art community when it popped up unannounced in Paris, his hometown, on May 19th. Head over to Trocadero to see the massive fresco of a trompe-l’œil canyon that creates the optical illusion of a fracturing chasm under France’s most famous monument: the Eiffel Tower.

eiffel tower fresco
The artist himself posing with his work © JR

Much to the delight of his fans, you can be photographed to look like you’re jumping over the imaginary cliff, if you’re caught at the right angle. Be aware that the crowds of JR fans are no joke – expect to wait up to an hour or more to get a turn.

Check out some of his other jaw-dropping works from around the world below!

louvre fresco
© JR
building fresco
© JR
floor fresco
© JR

For more on JR, visit

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