For each person in the Chronicles of New York City, the artists new work at the Brooklyn Museum, theres accompanying audio in which they tell their story
You can start with the train, hurtling beneath a Manhattan street, full of people arms bent toward the ceiling handle, necks bent to phones. Or you could start on the street level, on the group of people dancing, or a woman holding the perfect angle for a selfie.
No matter where you start on The Chronicles of New York City, a nearly 21 by 32ft mural housed at the Brooklyn Museum its easy to get a different reading of the mural each time. There are 1,128 faces looking up, down, straight ahead or turned away. One thousand, one hundred twenty-eight distinct New Yorkers, each with their own story and relationship to the city.
And in The Chronicles of New York City, created by the acclaimed artist JR, all 1,128 people that make up the mural get to tell their story theres life beyond their images. JR wanted to take the mural form a step further to be able to hear from the subjects themselves. I wish you could click on a painting at the Louvre or in Mexico and hear what the people had to say. Imagine! he told the Guardian. Here, you can do just that. For each person in the Chronicles of New York City, theres accompanying audio, housed in an app, in which they tell their story, be it their to-do list for one day in mid-2018 or their lifes journey.