As a “color nerd” I was thrilled to see proof that the unexpected use of color could not only transform a town, but also build community!  The Favela Painting Project was part of the Design with the other 90%: CITIES show that I saw at the United Nations this fall.

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A drawing of the imagined project.

Artists Jeroen Koolhaus and Dre Urhahn joined with locals to use color to build community in the Santa Marta slums of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

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Before the painting began

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Locals worked with the artists to create the town size mural.

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The project really speaks to the power of color!