Photo of the day: An eye of ballerinas at New York City Ballet

A gigantic art installation by the New York City Ballet and JR, part of the company’s Art Series, is making the rounds on Instagram

Photograph: Paul Kolnik

The newest art installation taking over Twitter and Instagram comes from an unlikely source: the New York City Ballet. But it makes sense when you see the massive image covering the floor of the David H. Koch Theater's promenade. Taken by French street artist JR, the 6,500-square-foot vinyl photograph depicts more than 80 ballet dancers from the company posing, twisting and embracing over crinkled white paper. (For a closer view, scroll down for a shot of the artist with his piece.) From above, the circular, swirling pattern of bodies forms an eye.

Art lovers have been having fun with the piece for social-media purposes, and it's encouraged a lot of selfies (naturally). Search #JRNYCBallet and #NYCBArtSeries to see visitors touching, being lifted by and otherwise interacting with the photographed City Ballet dancers, like in this cool composite.

The installation is part of the company's Art Series, which also features special low-cost performances with the goal of attracting burgeoning ballet fans. Seats to those cost $29 and take place February 7 and 13, and JR's work will be open to the public for a week starting on Sunday (Sunday 10am–1pm, Monday–Friday 10am–5pm, Saturday 10am–noon).

Photograph: Paul Kolnik

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