Friday, May 21, 2010

Photo by Wilton Sousa Júnior


And I say that with confidence.

Four years ago, Dutch artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn challenged the stigma that Rio's favelas (slums) hold as dangerous, drug-infested places to avoid. By now, we've all seen City of God, right? Well, 1/3 of Rio's population call these hillside urban 
areas home.

The duo's goal was to shine light on the hard-working inhabitants of these areas, to promote the opinion that they're centers of Brazilian culture, and to improve the public's general view of them. They call it Favela Painting.

The above images are from Praça Cantão in Santa Marta that was completed on March 29th. The bright pastel colors and bold white stripes make it look like some other-worldly wonderland. It's SO breathtaking!

See more here.

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