Check out this cool urban art project by a Spanish art collective known as Boamistura. The group comprises of five "graffiti rockers" (as they like to call themselves) - Arkoh, Derko, Pahg, Purone and Rdick - who worked with the residents of one of the favelas, Vila Brasilandia, in Sao Paolo, Brazil to re-paint and decorate the walls of the winding alleys of the favela. The walls were painted in bright colors and graffiti-ed with inspiring, positive words such as "Beauty" and "Love" which were painted in such a way so that they could be viewed at a certain distance and angle.
The street art project focused on transforming the “vecos” and “vielas” (which roughly translates as winding streets) that form an integral part of the community’s internal life.
Here's the outcome:
The word "Boamistura" is Portuguese for "good mixture" and the group has experimented with different art fields and aesthetics such as graffiti, mural painting, graphic design and illustration, each person introducing a different view point or perspective.
In their own words:
Boa Mistrua want to give the world its colour back. 5 heads, 10 hands, just one heart.
I think their work is inspiring and it's refreshing to see that they combine it with a community spirit.