Favela painting by Haas and Hahn

In an age where gizmos, gadgets, trends and entertainment embodies everything temporary - it's refreshing and inspiring to see a societal and environmental design working to change the way we see the world. The Favelas in South America are commonly associated with crime, corruption, death and poverty, often plaguing an otherwise idyllic scenery. Haas and Hahn have worked hard for a number of years to paint and ultimately colour an otherwise forgettable and negatively conceived landscape of the Favelas.

Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn are the driving force behind 'Favela Painting' with inspiring and motivational projects undertaken since 2005. They have not just been restricted to RIo De Janiero as the duo have also taken their work and ideas to the American streets of Philadelphia; engaging young adults and encouraging a more positive environmental space within impoverished areas in Western culture.


We here at our Display offices have decided to take a leaf out of their book and improve our working environment. A dash of colour scattered around an otherwise mechanically dominated visual setting has done wonders to lighten moods and add a sense of enjoyment to the workplace. We can only imagine what this must do to peoples homes, streets and neighborhoods and for that we salute Haas and Haan and wonder with anticipation and excitement where they will go next - brushes in hand.

For more information please visit their Favela Painting website or watch the inspiring Ted talk below where they detail their thinking and processes spread over a number of years, often raising funds and volunteers single-handedly.

Emma Fay: Body Painting

We've all seen a bit of body art in our time, but nothing quite like this. Emma Fay uses extraordinary model poses (contorted and squeezed beyond human form) depicting animals by beautifully painting them onto their skin. Contrasting use of white paint provides an adequate canvas in which to show off the detail, colour and imagery seen below.

At first glance the animals are seen in their most recognisable forms, leading the viewer to a small sense of shock once your realise, for instance - the Zebra is in fact a female model on all fours photographhed from above. The attention to detail, time spent and patience required to produce such an astounding effect is something we highly approve of and can't stop staring at.

For more on Emma Fay's work and further images please follow the link to her website here.

And for additional coverage, we suggest you look at the Daily Mail and Telegraph's responses respectively.