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.