floating graffiti participatory favela project by boa mistura
floating graffiti participatory favela project by boa mistura floating graffiti participatory favela project by boa mistura
mar 04, 2012

floating graffiti participatory favela project by boa mistura

‘amor’ (‘love’), one of the projects undertaken by boa mistura with local residents in the vila brâsilandia favela in são paulo, brazil




boa mistura, a spanish art collective composed of five self-described ‘graffiti rockers’, has organized a participatory urban art project in vila brâsilandia, one of the favelas in são paulo, brazil. the artists, whose name comes from the portuguese for ‘buena mezcla’ (‘good mixture’), worked with residents to paint and reface the winding ‘vecos’ and ‘vielas’ of the favela with uplifting messages. viewed from the proper angle and distance, the works cause words like ‘beleza’ (‘beauty’) and ‘orgulho’ (‘pride’) to seemingly float in the passageway, thanks to an illusion effect based on the careful painting of stretched-out text in accordance with the 3D perspective.




partial view of ‘amor’ from a different perspective




‘doçura’ (‘sweetness’)




‘firmeza’ (‘steadfastness’)




left: local children help boa mistura complete the interventions right: view of ‘firmeza’ from an angle other than the ‘intended view’




‘beleza’ (‘beauty’)




‘orgulho’ (‘pride’)




view of ‘orgulho’ while walking along the street



via arrestedmotion

  • nice.

    buzzoff says:
  • wow

    dbkii says:
  • Great!!!!!!!

    urb says:
  • Wonder if the Olympics and World Cup “clean up” (read evict & raze) efforts will try and destroy the beauty, pride and steadfastness of these marvels- which when read from a certain perspective, are a call to resistance.

    Riseup Wiseup says:
  • Just a correction, “Boa Mistura” is the portuguese word for good mixer, not “buena mezcla” that is spanish.

    hugofelix says:
  • Que linda!!

    Pamela Puchalski says:
  • Nice work about how to make art more popular, ya’ll have to check out french Artist Georges Rousse’s work here: http://www.georgesrousse.com/english/works-selection/20-2008.php

    Nabil says:
  • There’s no need for corrections: the collective is Spanish, hence the ‘Buena Mezcla’ reference, which is also translated into ‘Boa Mistura’ (Good Mixture in English)!

    verardis says:
  • Realmente excelente!

    Gustavo Jiménez says:
  • amazing work. but i have to say that ” buena mezcla” isn’t portuguese, it is spanish. The portuguese for “good mixture” is “boa mistura” :–) just realized this was already commented.

    Gaby Campos says:
  • Realmente fantastico… como con algo simple puede convertirse en un elemento de design… puede una favela convertirse en una Design City? Un paisaje maravilloso!!!

    Gian Carlo Sandoval Mazzero says:
  • Muito bom, não sei como fazem isso, eu acho que é feito com projetor, mas, é isso ae.

    Felipe Genuino says:

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