JR creates a project using archival images on the abandoned hospital of Ellis Island.
In August 2014, JR was invited to work on the abandoned part of Ellis Island. This island, next to the Statue of Liberty, is very symbolic - the gateway to the United States for 12 million immigrants, from 1892 to 1954. On the south side of the island, the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital has been abandoned since 1954. With the help of « Save Ellis Island » and National Park Service, JR revisited the archives of Ellis Island and created many installations in these buildings so full in stories, as part of his UNFRAMED project. Life size historic photographs of immigrants from the Ellis Island archives are pasted on selected interior walls, evoking a sense of time and place and giving context to the human lives that were touched by their time at Ellis Island.