How a Simple Lick of Paint Can Transform Our Urban Environment

When artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn visited the favelas of Rio De Janeiro, they wondered how they could help the wider community. Turns out, the answer was a simple lick of paint.


You may have already seen the neighbourhood-wide artwork that they create, but in this video they explain how their ambitious artworks have brought together communities—along with the barbecues they throw, that is. It's a pretty powerful message: that sometimes, positive social change can stem from the simplest of initiatives. [TED]

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John H. Mallett

1:40 in, Brazil's been doing this for decades, just not necessarily as altruisticly as you might think.