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Slums as artistic canvasses

A Paris-based street artist who uses the world's slums as his canvas has been awarded a prize from the TED group.

A Paris-based street artist who uses the world's slums as his canvas has been awarded a prize from the TED group worth $100,000.

Known only as JR, the anonymous artist has installed enormous black and white photos in slums around Paris, along the separation wall between Israeli and Palestinian lands, and across Brazil's favelas.

"JR's mind-blowing creations have inspired people to see art where they wouldn't expect it and create it when they didn't know they could," Amy Novogratz, the TED prize director, said in a message posted online.

The TED prize is an offshoot of the TED Conference, an annual meeting oriented around technology, entertainment and design, with the tagline "ideas worth spreading".

In addition to the cash prize, TED offers recipients of the award the support of its network of contacts to fulfil "one wish to change the world".

Organisers say JR will use the prize to develop an ambitious new work that will involve the whole world, and due to be announced at next year's conference in Long Beach, California.

The TED prize was first launched in 2005, and so far has been awarded to 16 people, including U2's Bono, former US president Bill Clinton and author Dave Eggers. JR will be the 17th recipient.

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