Since 2005, artists Haas & Hahn have transformed the favelas of Rio de Janeiro by painting grey concrete blocks with amazing rainbow-colored murals. Working with local community members, the artists bring life and inspiration to underprivileged neighborhoods by infusing them with art. The team is planning to return to the area to create new murals, and they recently launched a Kickstarter project to generate funds to paint and restore homes while providing jobs for local residents.
Haas & Hahn’s murals are inspired by the beauty of the favelas poised on the hilltops of Rio de Janeiro. They see the project as an opportunity to improve social conditions while creating beautiful works of art, and they enlist locals to help paint streets, walls, and roofs.
So far the team has painted hilly streets with Japanese-style koi fish, building facades with cheerful color blocking, and vacant walls with portraits of children, instilling a sense of pride in locals. Now Haas & Hahn want to take the project to the next level by providing homes with plastering repairs and reinforcing their structural stability. If funded, the project will provide locals with jobs and a means of expression that could transform the favela into a living art installation and make the streets safer.