Changing the city through positive emotions

Artists, Juliana Santacruz Herrera, Ben Wilson, Pete Dungey and Jan Vormann are all part of what might be called joyful activism (which can be defined as bringing change through positive emotion). They all use the same technique of grabbing attention to a damaged element of the environment by the use of color and texture.

Juliana Santacruz Herrera applies braided yarn to the cracks in the sidewalks of Paris.      

                              Juliana Santacruz Herrera - yarn cracks                              Juliana Santacruz Herrera - yarn cracks

Ben Wilson is a London artist that uses chewing gum splotches as a canvas for tiny,

brightly coloured sidewalk art.

     Ben Wilson - chewing gum art

 Pete Dungey plants flowers in the holes of the streets.

Pete Dungey - flowers

Pete Dungey - flowers

Jan Vormann repairs the walls of buildings using lego pieces.

Jan Vormann - lego pieces

Jan Vormann - lego pieces

Another interesting project is “Favela Painting” by artists Jeroen Kolhaas and Dre Urhahn who painted the houses of a village in Rio in bright colors. They stated that their goal was to use art “as a tool to inspire, create beauty, combat prejudice, and attract attention.” 

Favela Painting


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