Bringing a Favela to Life With Vibrant Colors

Two artists have teamed with a favela in Rio de Janeiro to use bright colors to re-frame the slum as a more vibrant area.
November 20, 2010, 5am PST | Nate Berg
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The artists have worked with community memebrs to pain their shack housing with bright colors.

"[R]esidents in the Santa Marta slum have transformed their community into a living, breathing canvas.

With the help of two Dutch artists and a pioneering paint firm, the main square is now a kaleidoscope of color.

'It gives the community life!' said Edimar Marcelinho Franco, who helped paint the 34 buildings and walked away with a professional painting title.

'People who come to the favela today say, 'Wow, how pretty.' It doesn't have that image of an ugly favela,' he said."

Thanks to Richard Florida

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Published on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 in CNN
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