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TED 2011 Prize Winner JR Changes the World Using Art

Written on March 07, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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The art of changing the world requires no professional training. It's an attribute that's innate in every human being ever since birth.

It’s not only the technology or the gadgets, nor the politicians or the brilliant academic minds that change the world; it’s the people who think outside the box, the people who dedicate their lives for the love of the art. Their works not only inspire creativity, but also evokes a distinct feeling that makes us look into ourselves and the world all over. JR, a French guerilla artist, had humble beginnings as he naively does graffiti on the streets of Paris. Later on in his career, with the use of a camera equipped with a 28mm lens, he uncovers the faces of the world that are arguably controversial, but universally inspiring. As he wins the Technology Entertainment Design 2011 (TED 2011) Prize, he only has one wish, and that is for us to “turn the world inside out.”

Check out his talk at the TED 2011 Conference at Long Beach California after the break.

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