Kindness is a state of the human soul — it cannot be seen, but it can be felt. Sometimes it is hidden behind simple things: a compliment, a word of acknowledgment, or a gentle look. Our world is full of amazing people who can inspire and motivate. These artists decided to change the world for the better themselves, without counting on someone else through their art.
Bright Side found 9 impressive examples of art changing the world for the better.
1. Germen Crew
A group of 13 street artists called German Crew was invited by the authorities of Palmitas city to paint the walls of dirty gray houses. The guys had to work with a “canvas” of 20,000 sq. m.
The whole process took the artists about 5 months, but the result was worth it. 209 houses, where 1,808 people live, were painted all the colors of the rainbow. The residents perceived this transformation very positively. But most importantly, the bright colors helped reduce the level of crime in the city. The indicator approached practically zero.
2. Patrick Commecy
French artist Patrick Commecy and his team draw realistic graffiti murals on the walls of buildings. They are people who make this world brighter. They don’t count on others but they do everything by themselves. When the team sees an unsightly facade, they take paint and brushes and turn simple streets into galleries and ordinary houses into sights worth seeing. Commecy tends to draw optical illusions. As a result, the houses have new painted windows and balconies.
3. Jeff Hanson
Jeff Hanson was still a child when they found a brain tumor that made him almost blind.
While Jeff was undergoing chemotherapy, his mother distracted him with art. This is how Jeff became an artist. Although he is able to distinguish only the contours and colors of large objects, he invented his own work technology. When Jeff was 21 years old, he already became a famous artist. Today, the average cost of Hanson’s painting is about $4,000. His paintings are in the collections of Warren Buffett and Elton John.
When he was 19 years old, he promised himself that by the age of 20, he would donate $1 million to charity. And he did it. Jeff continues to help with money for more than 100 charities. Among them are foundations that support children with tumors.
4. Martina Billi
Martina Billy is a beginner artist from Italy. She studies at the Florentine Academy of Fine Arts. According to her, nature inspires her creativity. And the characters depicted in Martina’s paintings are usually animals. She does not like to use canvas or paper but using recycled wood boards that could probably be in the trash if Martina wouldn’t use them to create beautiful pieces of art. Love, kindness, and nature are an integral part of her art.
5. Agnes Kasparkova
Agnes Kasparkova is a 91-year-old Czech street artist.
Once, she decided to turn her tiny village Luka in the Czech Republic into something incredible and breathtaking. Each spring and every summer for the past 40 years, she draws patterns on houses and adds beauty to her village. Agnes wanted to transform this place by giving it a national coloring. Her drawings are admired by every inhabitant of the village. Agnes became a real celebrity! The most surprising thing is that the artist does not think ahead as she draws and she herself doesn’t know what the result will look like!
6. Roberto Mamani Mamani
Bolivian artist Roberto Mamani Mamani is an Aymara artist and his work is marked by Aymara indigenous tradition and symbols.
Mamani Mamani says that his grandmother encouraged him to paint and explained how important it is to remember his origins and give new life to the culture of the Andean people.
The artist painted figures on the walls of buildings built by the state to resettle the poor. The project was created at an altitude of 4,000 m above sea level — this is a record height!
Mamani Mamani says that those people did not have anything at all and now they have such wonderful painted houses and it is important to share something that we are able to give to each other.
7. Jan Vorman and Lego Dispatchwork
Many of us don’t like living in a gray and monotonous city and German artist Jan Foreman tries to change this. Once, he noticed that Lego very often represents the most ordinary life of adults: houses, cars, offices. But Lego makes everything look more attractive because everything is colorful. Jan Vormann created the Dispatchwork project, where he travels all over the world and “restores” buildings using Lego.
8. Tyree Guyton
In 1986, artist Tyree Guyton returned to Heidelberg and saw that the street of Detroit, where he grew up, was ruined, overflowing with drugs, and full of poverty. Guyton was encouraged by his grandfather to find a solution and pick up a paintbrush instead of a weapon. That is how The Heidelberg Project was created and designed to improve the lives of people and neighborhoods through art. The project includes at the same time painting, sculpture, and installation. Abandoned houses, rusted cars, televisions, vacuum cleaners, and refrigerators were formed into compositions and were painted in bright colors. Heidelberg began to attract tourists and Tyree Guyton received several international awards.
9. The “Proud trams” of Gothenburg
“Proud Trams” is a project of Gothenburg goverment where young artists have repainted the iconic trams. Painters used colors of the rainbow and all the trams got their own style: from the red tram 5 to the purple tram 8. Every day during EuroPride, citizens of Gothenburg can see the whole moving rainbow going through the city.
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