Mystery artist behind Hancock Tower art revealed

By Lindsey Stokes
Staff Writer

200 Clarendon
(Photo from The Boston Globe)

The artist behind the mystery art that has appeared on the former Hancock Tower now owned by Boston Properties, has been revealed.

According to Bryan Koop, the senior vice president and regional manager at Boston Properties the artist is a French photographer who goes by the name “JR.”

JR who keeps his real identity hidden, has displayed other giant artwork in Kenya, the Middle East, and Brazil.

His TED talks about using art to “turn the world inside out” are immensely popular, and earned him the TED prize in 2011.

The 200 Clarendon piece, when complete, will be 150 feet tall and 86 feet wide.