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Brilliant Favela Paintings Energize Neighborhoods!

Posted By Moe Beitiks On June 2, 2010 @ 1:00 am In Art,social design,social responsibility,Urban design | 2 Comments

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Check out these cheerful candy-colored buildings! Murals [2] are a fantastic way to sugar-coat concrete and brighten up otherwise drab buildings. Artists Haas and Hahn [3] have adorned several concrete landscapes [4] in Brazil with their colorful paintings, and now they’ve taken on the transformation of a blighted favela neighborhood. The area, Santa Marta [5], is one of Brazil’s notorious favelas [6], or shantytowns. They call this urban explosion of color Favela Painting [4], and it has become a local source of pride.

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There are hundreds of favelas [6] in Brazil, a casualty of the country’s extreme economic inequality. Favelas aren’t built to any kind of code or safety standards — they’re simply a means for the poorest populations to house themselves. To cover the blighted buildings in swaths of color, Favela Painting [4] employs local residents, training them in professional painting techniques and safety. The powerful stripes cover only a portion of the larger hillside neighborhood; the artists hope to continue the artwork over the entire favela. Remarkably, the whole thing is funded by individual and private donations — as if the candy stripes weren’t enough to make you smile already.

+ Favela Painting [4]

Via The Coolist [7]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/02/brilliant-favela-paintings-energize-neighborhoods/favela-painting_4/

[2] Murals: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/25/tokyos-astroy-boy-metro-ticket-mural/

[3] Haas and Hahn: http://www.favelapainting.com/haas-hahn

[4] adorned several concrete landscapes: http://www.favelapainting.com/favela-painting

[5] Santa Marta: http://www.favelapainting.com/omorro

[6] favelas: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Favela

[7] The Coolist: http://www.thecoolist.com/favela-painting-giving-pride-to-brazils-poor/

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