This project is awe-inspiring. Favela Painting is a concept conceived by dutch artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn to create community driven art interventions in Brazil with the goal of transforming communities into landmarks and inspirational monuments as a part of Rio’s image. Their initial efforts in 2006 took the duo to Vila Cruzeiro – one of Rio’s most notorious slums – where they painted two beautiful murals in collaboration with the local community. Today we have news of their most recent work, Praça Cantão.
As they report: “Our latest work in Rio de Janeiro [is] called Praça Cantão and spans over 34 houses, covering 7000 square meters. We are slowly moving towards our goal: painting an entire favela and we’re getting closer and closer. Over the last month, Praça Cantão, the square at the entrance of the community of Dona Marta was turned into a vibrant artwork of monumental scale. 34 houses on the giant hillside favela, located in the center of Rio de Janeiro, have been painted in a design of colorful rays, radiating into the city…” Click Read More for additional information and photos.