‘Brainwashing Soldiers’ mural by Italian street artist Blu

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Brainwashing soldiers

Blu, an Italian street artist, is no stranger to controversy. You may remember his mural at the MOCA that was taken down. It was in an area of downtown that neighbors a Veterans Affairs hospital and a war memorial to Japanese American soldiers, the provocative anti-war piece showed coffins draped with dollar bills instead of flags. (Pics)

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Street Artist Wins $100,000 TED Prize

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27-year-old Parisian street artist JR just won the $100,000 TED prize for 2011

TED, the progressive California nonprofit that brings luminaries of technology, entertainment, and design together for the sake of world betterment, has made an unexpected choice for its seventh annual $100,000 TED Prize: JR, a 27-year-old street artist who, under a mysterious cloak of semi-anonymity, has been pasting monumental black-and-white photographs across the urban infrastructure of the world’s poorest slums…

(more award winning art after jump…)

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