In 2006, the Dutch artist duo Haas&Hahn started developing the idea to create community-driven art interventions in Brazil. Their efforts yielded two murals which were painted in Vila Cruzeiro, Rio’s most notorious slum, in collaboration with local youth.

The next stage of their project, “O Morro,”  involved painting an entire hillside favela (Portuguese for “slum”). Favela inhabitants were employed to paint their own houses in a pre-arranged pattern.

It will turn their community into an artwork of epic scale and will produce an explosion of color, joyfully radiating into the world. Visible from the center of Rio, ‘O Morro’ will draw attention to the city’s deplorable social situation, while instilling pride and joy in the at the bottom of the social hierarchy.”