TED picks an unconventional recipient for their annual prize.

TED has announced the winner of its prize for 2011. In a somewhat unusual but refreshing choice, street artist JR has won a grant of $100,000 and the chance to work with the TED community to develop “an audacious wish that will involve the world in a brand new piece of art.” From the TED press release:

JR represents a new chapter in the TED Prize. While a seemingly unconventional recipient, his work matches the creativity and innovative spirit of TED’s community, and his art inspires people to view the world differently –- and want to change it for the better.

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