Colorful Cities, The Power of Art and Color
The other day I was sitting in Red Rock Coffee Company in downtown Mountain View waiting for my friend to go to lunch. While I waited I enjoyed an iced coffee and for the first time, I added a little honey instead of Splenda, it was really delicious! This place is small but very cozy and the staff is friendly. While I was waiting for my coffee, I walked around the place to see the art on the walls. Most of the artists are local and very talented. These things really make my days happy, it’s something about looking at color and art that just makes me smile.
The streets near where I live are also full of artistic and colorful expressions. Whenever I can, I take a picture of them and I usually find myself imagining what the artist was thinking while he or she was capturing those shapes and colors
*Beautiful Mosaic Art, Berkeley, CA.
*Favela Project, Santa Marta. Rio de Janeiro.
Just this morning I was reading about the Favela Painting project in Rio de Janeiro thanks to a tweet I stumbled upon, wow! although I had seen the colorful pictures on the internet, I had not realized how big the project was until I watched the video.
This project proved to be immense, hugely socially impactful and brings pride to their people using something as simple as a bit of color and paint. Who would have thought?
I think like everything else, color in the city has an effect on behavior and perception of its inhabitants, just try to imagine a world with no color in it. In Rio de Janeiro, paint brought unity and purpose. In my city, it brings joy, a pretty picture to upload to Instagram and an interesting topic to talk about.
*San Jose, CA
*Pretty benches. Sunnyvale, CA
What about you, is there art in the streets of the city where you live? What effect do you think the color and art have in your community?
*Hearts in San Francisco. Union Square Park, SF.