We've been following the Favela Painting guys for a while now on Facebook. (Check them out here)......but with their recent sketchbook posts, we just had to share the word (and the visuals!!)Amazing and beautiful*****
The artistic duo Haas&Hahn (aka Jeroen Koolhaas & Dre Urhahn) went into one of Rio's notorious favelas (shanty towns) in 2006 and engaged the local community in painting two awesome murals, one of a boy flying a kite (a popular & inexpensive pastime in the poor but breezy hilltops)...
...the other being this sensational Japanese river painted onto a concrete hill-stabilizing structure.
Check out this page from favelapainting.com here. (There are some great little vids on that page) Since the completion of these projects they've garnered some sponsorship and have gone on to more ambitious works.
Below are shots of the Praça Cantão in the Santa Marta favela, where they took on all the buildings facing into the plaza. Read about the project here.
Next up is their plan to paint an entire hillside favela. Check it out here.
Called the "O Morro" (= 'hillside' = 'slum') project, they are seeking donations from around the world (via the independent Firmeza Foundation) to get it going. Looks truly amazing! If you wish to help sponsor the project you can connect with them here.