Street Artist: JR in Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey might not be a city that comes to mind when you think of street art. But in a city with so much history, change and immigration, there's been an explosion of vibrant street art the last few years. 

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Artist JR likes to take portraits. And in his The Wrinkles Of A City series, he portrays older people who have lived through the changes and upheavals of their city.

 When paste up was first put up.

When paste up was first put up.

 A few months later.

A few months later.

There's a small portion Istanbul's population who was alive during the secularization of Istanbul in 1924. They've seen their country, city, neighborhood, and even architecture change before their eyes.

 When paste up was first put up.

When paste up was first put up.

 A few months later.

A few months later.

Wheatpaste can be a simple and quick way to put up street art nearly anywhere. You need a printed version of your art, a brush and a mixture of glue. JR prints his large scale portraits sections at a time, making his wheatpaste a team effort. 

This project was put up in 2015. Many if not all of these paste ups have probably succumb to nature, but if you are in Istanbul check out this map with all the locations of JR's pasteups. 


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