Boy with kite

The ‘Boy with kite’ was Haas&Hahn’s first project in Rio. In 2007 they partnered up with two local youths and finished the painting within two months. The main objective with this project was to develop widespread community pride among the inhabitants of the Vila Cruzeiro neighborhood.

The design depicts a boy playing with a kite, a symbol for every child in the favelas of Brazil and a favorite pastime in the Vila Cruzeiro slum. It is all about showing a playful side, distinctively different from the violence and exclusion associated with life in slums.