Pic of the Day: Street Artist Wins $100,000 TED Prize

It was announced yesterday that J R, an anonymous, 27-year-old street artist from Paris, had been awarded TED’s $100,000 annual prize — which in the past has gone to more familiar names, like Jamie Oliver, Bono, and Bill Clinton. “If there’s one thing I’ve always taken care of with my work, it’s that it’s never an advertisement for anything other than the work itself and for the people it’s about — no ‘Coca-Cola presents,'” he told the New York Times. “I think the TED people knew that that was one of my main concerns, and I feel pretty sure that we can come up with a project that works that way.” Check out one of his signature large-scale portraits above, and let us know what you think. [Image via Flickr]