I just stumbled across this amazing painting project spearheaded by artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn. This dynamic duo has been working together since 2005, when they made a documentary film about the hip hop culture in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo for MTV. They were "inspired by this visit, [and] they embarked on a journey to bring outrageous works of art to unexpected places, starting with painting enormous murals in the slums of Brazil together with the local youth."
Their most recent project brought them to the favela in Rio known as 'Santa Maria'. Koolhaas and Urhahn decided to repaint the entire neighborhood square with a "flexible concept of colorful rays". The whole project took about a month and was completed by local teenagers (who learned about painting techniques and received a stipend!). The final result covered 34 houses and, if you ask me, looked absolutely spectacular!
Read an interview with the artists here, learn more about the 'Favela Painting' projects here, and become a fan on Facebook here.
(Thanks to the Scoop for the heads up!)