Painting the town red, orange, purple…

June 29, 2010 at 4:11 pm 1 comment

Two really interesting projects have recently caught our attention (both visually and otherwise):

First, via Favela Painting:

“The initial idea of the Favela Painting project has always been to paint an entire hillside favela in the center of Rio [de Janeiro], visible to all inhabitants and visitors.”

Second, via the Let’s Colour Project:

“Starting in March 2010, The Let’s Colour Project brought colour to:

The streets of Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where we added colour to homes and a hotel lobby with the local community. It will not only be appreciated by the residents but also the numerous visitors to the famous Lapa stairs.

A council estate in Aulnay-sous-bois, Paris, France. Since the 2005 riots this area has been in constant improvement and development, so it was the perfect area to bring some colour to the regeneration project that was already underway. The Let’s Colour Project had such an impact that it encouraged the local residents to host their own painting event in addition to ours.

Virginia primary school in Tower Hamlets, London, UK. Together with the parents, teachers and children we transformed the school’s playground, hall and a classroom with vivid colour. It injected enthusiasm and joy into everyone, particularly the children who helped us document the painting.

A community square, school and main road of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. Known as the blue city, we painted in shades of blue, purple and pink leaving this already vibrant city a little more colourful.”

Whether or not you believe the Let’s Colour Project is a good idea, the video that they’re using to promote it is absolutely incredible.

June 29′s daily design idea is color can activate a community in more than a visual way.


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