The TED Prize-Winning Street Artist JR Blankets L.A. with Work The TED Prize-Winning Street Artist JR Blankets L.A. with Work
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The TED Prize-Winning Street Artist JR Blankets L.A. with Work

by Alissa Walker

February 27, 2011

Too bad a certain graffiti artist covering L.A. with his trite illustrations has been stealing the thunder from one of the city's most exciting street art exhibitions in years. JR, the French street artist who will be awarded the TED Prize in Long Beach next weekend, has finally brought his Wrinkles of the City project to town, plastering large-format photos of a neighborhood's inhabitants along its buildings. Across Los Angeles, you'll soon find the black-and-white, tightly-cropped eyes of local citizens staring you down from forgotten walls.

Given TED's hyper-exclusive nature, this is a truly unique opportunity for the general public to experience JR's TED Prize wish in person, a wish which he will announce at the conference (and anyone can watch live on March 2). The kick off event will help outline how the general public can engage in JR's mission. After the conference, he'll also get a healthy honorarium —$100,000!—to help implement his wish.

As for the Wrinkles of the City pieces, which continue to appear, the LA Weekly will be revealing the locations of all 20 pieces as they go up. They've created a Google map for all you street-art scavengers, and have an in-depth series of pieces about JR and his process. The show at Phantom Galleries will be open Thursday, March 3, from noon to 7:00 p.m. and Friday, March 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 170 N. Promenade, Long Beach, California, 90802.

Photo by Shannon Cottrell

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