Favela painting

Hello everyone,

I thought this week I’d blog about something a bit different. I came across a really interesting website all about painting favelas in Brazil. For those of you who don’t know, favelas are slums that are most often found in urban areas, in cities like Rio de Janeiro, for example.

The favela painting project was started in 2005 by Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn as a way of bringing communities together and brightening up areas that people usually don’t consider attractive. The projects can be small or large: sometimes a single mural is painted on the side of a building, sometimes an entire group of buildings is painted with a cohesive theme uniting them. You can find the site here:


This is the kind of project I love reading about because it shows some of the many great things can do: not only can it transform an area of poverty into an area of beauty, but it can also establish friendships that otherwise wouldn’t have been established.

This sort of project reminds me of some of the street art I see in London. It’s great that painting isn’t just confined to canvases and other traditional supports and that whole communities can benefit from a creative work. I hope to see more examples of street art like this in the future.

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