The real heroes are sometimes not who you think they are. They are right there in the street everywhere around you.

That’s a direct quote from JR, taken from this video.

Street artist JR pastes large scale, sometimes wall-sized portraits of people, and he does it all over the world. As you can see in this video, he makes people confront their own and others’ humanity in his work. He won the TED Prize in October, 2010 ($100,000). Now, his latest project is letting people photograph themselves. You take a portrait of yourself, send in the JPG, and receive a poster in the mail to paste up. Check it out and participate at InsideOutProject.net.

You can check out some of JR’s other projects on his website (jr-art.net), and at www.28millimetres.com (in French).