A Giant Composite Photo Mural by JR That Captures the Beautiful Diversity of NYC’s Five Boroughs

Award-winning artist/photographer JR (previously) partnered with the Brooklyn Museum to create “The Chronicles of New York City”, an absolutely gorgeous mural that encompasses the beautiful diversity of the city’s five boroughs.

The mural, which is hung on a series of strategically stacked shipping containers at Domino Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is a giant amalgamation of over 1,200 photos taken via his mobile studio in 2018. When viewed at the right angle, the mural blends in with the neighboring Williamsburg Bridge.

JR and his team photographed 1,128 New Yorkers, from all walks of life, in their own neighborhoods. Only through this artistic process can such a unique cross-section of the city be brought together in a mural. The aim is to tell a story of New York City today through art: its energy, its feats, its issues, its people. What is New York City in 2018..


The Chronicles of New York City Photomobile

JR shared his personal motivation for taking on such an incredible endeavor.

Home to 8.5 million inhabitants, New York is the most populated city in the US. It is also one of the most diverse cities in the world. New York is a mosaic of neighbourhoods, in which different groups coexist, and JR has a long history of working in this emblematic city. It only made sense, for the third chapter of ” The Chronicles…” project, that JR decides to park his truck in New York City, and tries to capture the diversity of its neighbourhoods and the people that make New York one of the greatest cities in the world.

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.