Painting an entire favela?
If you haven’t checked out favelapainting by now you should. They are planning on painting an entire favela! WoW!
In 2006, the acclaimed Dutch artist duo Haas&Hahn started developing the idea of creating community-driven art interventions in Brazil. Their efforts yielded two murals which were painted in Vila Cruzeiro, Rio’s most notorious slum, in collaboration with local youth. The artworks received worldwide coverage and have become points of pride in the community and throughout Rio.
The Favela Painting project has already attracted intense media interest in Brazil and abroad. The most recent painting, ‘Rio Cruzeiro’ was covered by news agencies around the world, including CNN, Fox News, and Al Jazeera. In Brazil, the painting attracted reporters from every major newspaper and TV station.
The third stage of the Favela Painting project involves employing the inhabitants of a favela to paint their own houses according to a pre-arranged pattern. It will turn their community into an artwork of epic scale and will produce an explosion of color, joyfully radiating into the world. Visible from the center of Rio, ‘O Morro’ will draw attention to the city’s deplorable social situation, while instilling pride and joy in the at the bottom of the social hierarchy. The project will transform the community into a landmark, a tourist attraction, and, most of all, an inspirational monument that assumes a place as an essential part of Rio’s image, alongside the Sugarloaf and the statue of Christ the Redeemer. By focusing on extensive and painstaking preparations and working with a local workforce, Haas&Hahn hope to complete a significant part of the painting in a single ‘day of visual impact’ that will kick start this art intervention on a massive scale, create a joyful shock felt around the world, and write a new page in the city’s history.