large scale pARTicipatory project

I found this project after watching a TED talk the other night.  I had been meaning to watch this talk for awhile, (especially when I heard it was given to an artist) its the talk of the winner of the 2011 TED award.  His name is JR and he is a french muralist/artist/activist who is well known for posting giant images on buildings, trains, bridges, houses, stairs all over the world.  Daring in his concepts, flattering in his work, positive in his attitude, he is totally worthy of this years TED awesomeness.  From the favelas of Brasil to the slums of Kenya, JR’s work always concentrates on one subject: people.

watch the talk – it will inspire you!

as part of this talk, JR was asked to give one wish to change the world in the next year. his response?  “I wish for you to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global art project, and together we’ll turn the world…INSIDE OUT.”

he is using guerilla style graffiti that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work.  one of his projects titled “women heroes” aims to show images of the resilient women living in the different slums.  he also launched a new website – this is where the participatory part comes in.  can you picture a place in this world (in your neighborhood perhaps) that would benefit from art like this?

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World of blogging - follow me through my social experiment of gathering friends once a month on architectural walks of the lovely Bay Area. See what they produce through sketches, photos, thoughts, and other images - based on the knowledge I present to them.
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