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Published on Mar 8, 2017
With his "Smile Project," artist Bren Bataclan took the idea of public art and turned it into a study of human nature. He leaves his whimsical paintings in public spaces with a note attached saying, "This painting is yours to take as long as you promise to smile at random people." In this visually captivating, humorous and moving presentation, feedback from folks who found paintings, and children in the schools where Bataclan paints murals, illustrates how a simple act of generosity can have a life-changing impact.
Bren taught graphic design and computer animation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is now a full time artist. Bren enjoys having people visit his art studio in Boston.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx