Favela Flava

January 24, 2012

The idyllic country of Brazil is home to beautiful people, beaches, rain forests and a conglomeration of cultures but under the span of Christ the Redeemer lies a less spoken of piece of Rio. In 2005 two Dutch artists who go by the names Haas & Hahn took on a project that would transform one of the most dangerous favelas in Rio’s Penha section into a true community. Not only did they employ the local youth to get the murals underway, the citizens who had been warned to avoid coming outside due to gang wars just weeks before treated the art as a reason for celebration. The streets were flooded with families who were able to enjoy the beauty and cultural injection gifted to their neighborhood. This project by Haas & Hahn is a prime example that the broken window theory can be effectively subsided, if not reversed.

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