I just like saying the word “Favela” but there is a lot to what is going on in this hillside town in Brazil.
I’ve mentioned this public art project before and I show it is referenced in a Speed Painting video but this documentary is so worth watching to understand the creative process and the very methodical measures taken by Haas and Hahn to get results of a fully painted town. They have to take the architecture, the hillside perspective and the turmoil — literally gunfire in the streets — into account. Smart of them to start small and build awareness and commitment with community involvement. This helped to give the town and its residents a sense of ownership of the project and suspend some of the difficulty that initially was there.
This is the second project, Rio Cruzeiro, they did in 2008 before painting the whole town. What a beautiful Japanese inspired scene, complete with bridge (actually staircase) and all.