JR is his name and he’s making a massive impact in the world of art.
He shows up in a shantytown in Kenya or a favela in Brazil, the darkest, poorest parts of the world…and turns them into his canvas.
On the tin roofs or beaten down steps of these slums, he places black & white pieces of paper.
From an aerial view, these papers form the eyes and faces of the shantytown residents.
JR recently won the TED prize of $100,000 to use toward one wish that will change the world. Other prize winners include Bono, Bill Clinton, Jamie Oliver.
If he were to place his art on 5th Avenue or Sunset Boulevard, it would have a fraction of the impact.
JR demonstrates that our darkest places, our deepest fears, the places in our minds and souls that we neglect…have potential to be the most powerful canvas on which to express the greatest beauty.
Helen Keller said, “The hilltop hour would not be half as wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.