Dutch art duo Haas & Hahn provide their color explosion touch made famous in the Rio de Janeiro favelas to the North Philly neighborhood of Germantown.
Dutch artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn (a.k.a. Haas & Hahn) are in Philadelphia for a year-long artist residency to work with the Mural Arts Program. Haas & Hahn are best known for transforming urban landscapes with vibrant artworks, like the favelas in Rio de Janeiro. This ‘Philly Painting‘ project will see them help to transform a four-block stretch of Germantown Avenue, east of Broad Street in North Philadelphia.
The goal is to revitalize one of the city’s oldest commercial corridors and bring customers, businesses, employees into the community through both the efforts and results of the transformation.
Philly Painting involves large-scale murals that will cover entire buildings to create a new and colorful facade for city blocks, and the artists have developed a color palette based on patterns of recurring primary and secondary hues that reflect the neighborhood. They began painting in late April, joined by a team of local residents who will work as artists’ assistants during the project, which should be completed by the fall.