An Outstanding Artist’s One Wish to Change the World”

Wdd Logo.
February 25, 2011

Back in October, talented French street artist JR” was awarded the 2011 TED Prize.

For those unfamiliar with it, the TED Prize offers one winner $100,000 for a charity of their choice and, more importantly, One Wish to Change the World.”

The One Wish” is designed to leverage the TED community’s resources and talent to create projects with far-reaching impact. Previous winners have included Jamie Oliver, Dave Eggers, Bill Clinton, and Bono, among others.

JR will announce his One Wish to Change the World” at the TED on March 2nd. Since JR’s identity remains unconfirmed, it will be interesting to see how he announces his One Wish”.

Will he finally confirm his identity and appear in person? Considering that his anonymity lends a certain integrity to his work, it’s unlikely he’ll reveal who he really is.

JR’s previous projects have included a wide variety of street art installations, some of which have gained official recognition.

His projects are generally very ambitious, and have far-reaching social and political implications. In 2007 he co-created Face2Face, an art installation along the Separation Barrier between Israel and Palestine.

The installation consisted of huge photos of Palestinians and Israelis, face to face on either side of the Barrier, in eight cities on either side. He’s on record as saying that The heroes of the project are all those who, on both sides of the wall, allowed me to paste the portraits on their houses.”

Face2Face was just one part of his 28 millimeters project, in which he uses a 28mm fish-eye lens to capture close-ups of his subjects, often lending a human quality to them that is missing in mainstream media coverage of the events they partake in.

It started in 2005, with his Portraits of a Generation” project, in which he photographed rioters in the French suburbs. He then posted these images along the walls of the Cité des Bosquets housing project.

He also recently premiered a feature film, Women are Heroes” in Paris, where he resides. The project aims to showcase the dignity of women who often become targets during conflicts around the world. As part of the project, he plastered images of women who live in the slums of Kibera, Kenya to the rooftops there. The installation covered 2,000 square meters of roof.

You can tune into the live stream of the prize ceremony at the TED conference on March 2nd at 5pm PST. You can sign up for updates on the TED website. The Observer also ran a great article about JR last March.

Here are some more of JR’s installations:

Photo by Nick J Webb

Photo by Nick J Webb

Photo by Stefan Kloo

Photo by Annie Mole

Photo by gildas_f

Photo by gildas_f

Photo by Stefan Kloo

Photo by Vincent Desjardins

What do you think of JR’s art and his projects? Please share your views below…

WDD Staff

WDD staff are proud to be able to bring you this daily blog about web design and development. If there’s something you think we should be talking about let us know @DesignerDepot.

Read Next

Apple Opts for AR over VR at WWDC

An Apple VR headset has been one of the most widely-rumored devices of the last few years, and it was finally settled a…

Exciting New Tools for Designers, June 2023

We’re halfway through 2023 already, and the number of incredible apps, tools, and resources for designers is mounting.

3 Essential Design Trends, June 2023

This month we are focusing on three trends within a bigger website design trend – different navigation menu styles and …

15 Best New Fonts, May 2023

The choices you make when selecting a typeface have more impact on your design than almost any other decision, so it’s …

10+ Best Tools & Resources for Web Designers and Agencies (2023 updated)

Having the ability to envision a tastefully designed website (i.e., the role creativity plays) is important. But being …

20 Best New Websites, May 2023

This month, there are tons of great new agency websites to get excited about. 3D animated prisms are a popular theme, a…

How to Find the Right White Label Website Builder for Your Agency

Web design agencies face a lot of obstacles in closing the deal with new clients. One of the most common ones is the ar…

Exciting New Tools For Designers, May 2023

There are hundreds of new tools for designers and developers released each month. We sift through them all to bring you…

3 Essential Design Trends, May 2023

All three of the website design trends here mimic something bigger going on in the tech space, from a desire to have mo…

10 Best AI Tools for Web Designers (2023)

It’s time to stop worrying if AI is going to take your job and instead start using AI to expand the services you can of…

10 Best Marketing Agency Websites (Examples, Inspo, and Templates!)

Marketers are skilled in developing strategies, producing visual assets, writing text with high impact, and optimizing …

15 Best New Fonts, April 2023

Fonts are a designer’s best friend. They add personality to our designs and enable fine typography to elevate the quali…