This street art project by Boa Mistura brightened my day.
“The work of Boa Mistura is all about the love of graffiti, colour and life. This group of five Spanish artists is, as the name says, a good mixture. Arkoh, Derko, Pahg, Purone and Rdick have developed their work in different fields, applying both a diversity of styles and the different views of each member. From graffiti and mural painting, to graphic design and illustration, Boa Mistura want to give the world its colour back. 5 heads, 10 hands, just one heart.”
Their latest work, “Luz nas Vielas,” is in the São Paulo favela of Brasilândia. The artists painted the walls with bright colours, and used a visual trick similar to that of Julian Beever so the words appear to float when viewed from a certain angle. With words like “amor” and “firmeza” (love and stability), the project is in line with the group’s mission.
I’m sure the kids who joined in felt a real sense of ownership afterward. Maybe the colours will help with wayfinding, too.