Giants, a series of monumental photographic installations on scaffolding created in situ, was inaugurated in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Olympic Games. Rather than working with famous athletes, JR preferred to photograph those who were little- known,
those who train for years, striving to achieve their dream of taking part in the Olympics, and whose identities seem to disappear behind the beauty of the perfect gesture. His photographs of athletes in action were then printed in black and white on huge pieces of canvas, cut out and draped over the scaffold. As he so often does, JR adapted himself to the building’s architecture or to the site where the work was to be installed. The scaffold would thus become a sculptural element in its own right.