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