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JR is not one to shy away from social issues and America’s gun problem has been added to his list of topics to tackle. He is the master of using artwork to open a conversation but allowing the viewer and subject take control. He has created 245 interactive images in a collage of politicians, soldiers, protestors and everyone else who has something to say.

TIME’s editor in chief, Edward Felsenthal, stressed the significance of having artists open the debate as he explains they “see beyond walls, across divides, around corners.” He added “through their eyes, we understand the world in new, clearer ways… How would an artist, one whose body of work explores the world’s most complex social issues, approach the topic of guns in America today? If he were JR, a native of Paris, it would be with fresh eyes (behind his trademark sunglasses) and an open mind.” JR complemented this belief by explaining how “Seeing it on the news, seeing these mass shootings—it was like, ‘How did that happen?’ But I’m also really naïve about it. So I went and asked the people themselves, asked them to tell me their story, and I haven’t changed a word from it… I got to learn from people’s fear.”

The printed version will take the cover of TIME and another will be installed on the infamous Houston Bowery Wall whereas the interactive images will be shown in New York’s Pace Gallery. If you can’t explore any of the above, simply check out this film giving us a glimpse of how it all came together.

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Image Via: TIME and JR