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Colour the Favela


In 2008 Haas & Hahn finished their Rio Cruzeiro project, They went straight through to their santa Martha Project in Rio De Janeiro

This (ongoing) project involves employing the inhabitants of a favela to paint their own houses according to 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.

This is what the central square of the entrance of the community of Santa Marta, in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, looked like in the old situation


The drawings Using a flexible concept of colourful rays which can easily be expanded, we made a design for the houses around the square and part of the street, including the local Sambaschool.

The overview of Santa Marta Praça Cantão, Communidade Da Santa Marta, Rio De Janeiro. The final result was a huge artwork spanning over 34 houses.


A group of local inhabitants where instructed by trainers from TintasCoral as part of the project “Tudo de Cor para Santa Marta.”

They where taught everything from different types of paint to safety measures about working on scaffolding. As every wall, every house needs another solution, the painters learn to work with all kinds of material. During the hard month of work they received an education as well as a paycheck. The inside of the sambaschool was painted in their traditional colors.

It is the goal of Haas & Hahn to attract enough funds to return to Rio lto continue working on the project. Their dream has always been to paint an entire hillside favela. Want to help them? 



Esther de Charon de Saint Germain

Esther is our design, art, fashion and other none-car-related-topics contributor. She is an art historian with a degree in Asian Contemporary Art , a communication professional with extensive experience in design, contemporary art, communications and events and a personal coach. She is infected with the custom car and hot rod virus (an unavoidable result of being married to Rik Hoving) but (due to being a coach and all) especially likes the stories about the people who built them.

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