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209 Hillside Homes Painted in Swirling Colors Makes a Positive Impact in Mexico

The Palmitas district in Pachuca, Mexico was recently beautified with a vibrant mural by a youth organization known as Germen Crew. Joining forces with the Mexican government, the massive project encompassed 20 thousand square meters and painted the surfaces of over 209 houses. The ambitious street art utilizes bright, marbled colors to visually connect all of the buildings as they lead up a hillside – it's instantly eye-catching.

In addition to making the neighborhood a more dazzling place, the project was also a tool for social transformation. Jobs were created in order to complete the creative endeavor, and 452 families benefited from the exterior painting. And perhaps best of all, the community was directly involved in making the fantastic mural happen. Germen Crew got to know the residents, planned workshops, and talked with them about the colors they'd like on their house. The result is a powerful work of art that the citizens can take ownership in, creating a positive energy around Palmitas.

Germen Crew: Instagram | Facebook | Planisferio
via [Street Art News]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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