Inspiration: Haas & Hahn ; How painting can transform a community

Here is a project which we thought was a really cool example of how murals can transform communities. It is projects like this that have inspired us to want to see more engaging walls in our own community. 

Photo credit: Steve Weinik, muralarts.org

Photo credit: Steve Weinik, muralarts.org

Jeroen Koolhass and Dre Urhahn, two artists from Holland have spent the last 11 years doing projects around the world, From Rio to Philadelphia, that involve large scale public murals. The first project, which has evolved into what seems like the largest project of theirs started in Vila Cruzeiro, Rio. at first, the project was to paint 3 buildings adjacent to one another with an image of a boy flying a kite on the buildings. Upon completion, They ending up furthering the project by painting a house, farther up the hill, a bright color to match the other houses and adorned it with kite. This idea grew and grew as they continued to include houses in the landscape of Rio, involving the neighborhood along the way by throwing barbecues. These projects really brought life to what was formerly grey, unfinished walls. to learn more check out this awesome TED talks Video: