Friday, May 28, 2010

Favela Painting

The dutch artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn embarked on a journey to bring outrageous works of art to unexpected places.

Their latest project, Santa Marta in the heart of Brazil is awesome!

Using a flexible concept of colourful rays which can easily be expanded, they made a design for the houses around the square and part of the street, including the local Sambaschool. A group of local inhabitants where trained in to do the work in everything from different types of paint to safety measures about working on scaffolding. As every wall, every house had a different solution, the painters learned to work with all kinds of material. During the hard month of work they received an education as well as a paycheck.

The final result was a huge artwork spanning over 34 houses.  About 7000 square meters of hillside slum was converted into an new monument for the community. What a transformation!

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