Life Sized Historical Photographs Bring Ellis Island's Abandoned Hospital to Life

As part of a new installation titled “Unframed — Ellis Island”, that will be shown on public tours organized by Save Ellis Island in October, French artist JR, is preparing life size historic photographs of Ellis Island immigrants that are being pasted on 16 or more selected interior walls. The installation is site-specific. A family of immigrants floats over the crumbling walls waiting for their fates to be decided; ghostly faces of young women peer through the broken windows; nurses sit across the lockers in a linen storage room. The artist’s intent is to evoke a sense of time and place and give context to the human lives that were touched by their time at Ellis Island.

Visit JR's website to find out more about the project.  

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