We have shared information over the past few years about the Inside Out Project. The 2011 winner of the prestigious TED Prize, given annually to an extraordinary individual with a creative and bold vision to spark global change, JR was granted initial funding to make “a wish to change the world.”

Known for billboard-sized photographic portraits of everyday people in urban settings, French street artist JR has a simple call to action: “Tell me what you stand for, and together we’ll turn the world inside out.” To transform his idea into reality, he created the Inside Out Project, the world’s largest participatory art project and a remarkable testament to the power of the image and the role art can play in transforming lives. INSIDE OUT: THE PEOPLE’S ART PROJECT visits locations around the world, including: Haiti, Tunisia, North Dakota, and the West Bank.

The resulting Inside Out Project empowers people across the globe, often in perilous and politically unstable environments, to create their own photographic messages.

It first hit Street Art SF’s radar when we noticed a giant wheat pasted image of a man on the {de}appropriation wall on 23rd and Valencia. It was striking and like nothing we tend to see there so with some exploration we discovered it was part of the Inside Out Project. Since then we have spotted and shared the art from the Bay Area that has popped up related to this Global movement. Recently there were several posters up on Market St related to the Inside Out project. Now HBO made a documentary about the movement and we are excited to see it. INSIDE OUT: THE PEOPLE’S ART PROJECT, premiers MONDAY, MAY 20th (9:00-10:15 p.m. ET/PT). Check it out.

Below is the first image we spotted related to this project in San Francisco.