The Art Installation at Rikers Island Prison is Thought Provoking

 - May 14, 2013
References: highsnobiety
New York-based artist JR has recently completed an art installation at the Riker's Island prison. These large-scale art projects were modeled after an 18 year-old prisoner who is in jail for the second time. These wheat-paste projects focus on the inmate's eyes.

JR's intriguing prison installations are done entirely in black and white. Some of these pieces look extremely intimidating, while others depict an eye looking off to the side. What's really interesting about this is that both of these styles reflect the behaviors of prison inmates. It's important for them to stand their ground and look tough so that no one bothers them, but it's equally important to be constantly looking over their shoulders.

JR's reflective series and bizarre location make this art installation incredibly interesting.