CINCINNATI (AP) -- Cincinnati has joined a global art project, blanketing hundreds of poster-sized portraits of area residents in public spaces.
In the days leading up to Tuesday's culmination of the project, area residents have lined up at various locations to get their photo taken in a truck. The photos were printed seconds later on poster-sized paper.
The black-and-white portraits have been glued to a popular farmers market, a general store in Rabbit Hash, Ky., and most visibly, Fountain Square in the heart of downtown Cincinnati.
The pictures began carpeting the granite walkways of the square on Monday, and the project finishes up on Tuesday.
The art project, known as Inside Out, spans the world from Mexico to South Africa and Russia to Iran, and has included the portraits of more than 120,000 people.
The Paris-born artist who had the idea for the global project said that he has largely been uninvolved in the Cincinnati effort but that each city makes the art its own, and each one reflects a given community in a unique way.
The artist, who declined to provide his full name, goes only by his initials of JR, in part to let his art speak for itself. An exhibition of his work opened Friday at Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center to coincide with the Inside Out project.
Steven Matijcio, curator of the museum, said the idea behind Cincinnati's project was to "rehumanize" the city, allowing residents to walk on the portraits in Fountain Square as a metaphor for the city's foundation.
Kelly Sells, 46, took her two teenage daughters to Fountain Square on Monday to have their portraits added to the project and said she particularly liked that all the portraits are black and white, obscuring race.
"Our commonality is going to be what holds us together, not our differences," said Sells, who lives in Covington, Ky., just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. "People can look different but we're all basically the same, no matter where you are in the world."