In Mexico, the Ministry of the Interior launched an art project as a way of promoting peace in Las Palmitas, Pachuca, a city that has been plagued by violence.
The project, “Pachuca Paints Itself,” brought residents together, including gang members, who painted more than 200 homes side by side. The swirly, colorful mural is an homage to Pachuca’s nickname, “la bella airosa” (the beautiful, breezy city).
Now the neighborhood of Palmitas in Pachuca (Hidalgo), Mexico, not only hosts the country’s largest and most colorful mural, but is also part of a comprehensive prevention project that has resulted in the reduction of violence in the community.
The people responsible for the colorful transformation of Las Palmitas are an artist collective called the Germen Crew, a street art group, working hand-in-hand with residents in order to paint the facades of 200 homes bright lavender, lime green, and incandescent orange.