Meet 2011 TED Prize Winner: Street Artist JR

by DS

i was so touched when i stumbled upon this video i just had to share it. its funny how one day you can feel inspired to paste a photo on a wall and the next day you are making the world a better place.

that’s the story of 2011 ted prize, jr, a street artist who has captivated areas of the world not usually known for their adornment.

working with a team of volunteers, jr has traveled around the world bringing art to those who do not visit museums. by applying enormous black-and-white photo canvases to the buildings of the slums around paris, on the walls in the middle east, on decaying bridges in africa, and across the favelas of brazil, jr has brought art to people where they wouldn’t expect it and create it when they didn’t know they could.

in rio, he turned hillsides into dramatic visual landscape by applying images to the facades of favela homes. in kenya, for his “women are heroes,” project turned kibera into a stunning gallery of local faces.  and in israel and palestine, he mounted photos of a rabbi, imam and priest on walls across the region –- including the wall separating israel from the west bank.

remaining  anonymous jr, never shows his full face, reveals his name, or explains his huge portraits. his art inspires people to view the world differently and want to change it for the better.

if you’d like to get involved, anybody can upload a photo of him or herself for free to jr’s inside out project site. the team will then create a large print and send it back to you to display in your community.

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