Just How Much Neighborhood Transformation Can You Get From An Art Project?

(via The Atlantic Cities Blog)

A new take on urban renewal: Dutch art duo Haas and Hahn do large-scale art projects in the favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro in an effort to help revitalize struggling neighborhoods.

Here they painted the facades of 34 homes in Santa Marta (above). They hope to expand to other favelas, subscribing to the belief that the vibrancy will stimulate the economy and create a sense of neighborhood pride.

Haas and Hahn teamed up with Philadelphia‘s Mural Arts program and implemented their colorful ideology in North Philly here.

One of the artists, Dre Urhahn says, “The point is not to change the neighborhood, we don’t bring answers, we have to define questions and to start the conversation.”


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s