It’s 101 degrees outside. Hot, humid, and depressing. The news is full of stories about psychotics who get away with murder and sexually tormented little girls and Africans who survive an epic drought by eating leaves.
Here and now I demand: GIVE US COLOR!
Don’t you feel better already?
Now, I understand that bright objects in variegated hues aren’t on par with, say, international aid. They’re less convoluted, for one thing, the conjured relief immediate. Color is a band-aid with cartoons on it, and while we ultimately need more to cure the wounds of humanitarian and environmental tragedy, we also deserve small bursts of joy.
Or big ones!
Take the example of the Favela Painting Project. Haas & Hahn, an artistic duo whose real names are Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn, decided to painting enormous murals in the slums of Brazil, layering color across the faces of woeful buildings in the heart of Rio di Janero. The result is an unexpected explosion, a firework of youthful energy and artistic passion that has revolutionized the community.
So take the power into your hands. GIVE YOURSELF COLOR!
Grab your pencils, your markers and paints; take to the streets or a sheet of white paper.
Let every home feel like this:
And commission all hand soaps to be arranged thusly:
And as you draw and brush and play, spread the news! We DO know how to be happy, we HAVE the power to change the world, and we WILL find joy in a crayon box, in leaves of paper, in the overflowing prism of our colorful, creative hearts.
And good news! Coldplay is already on board.