Eight years ago, paint company Nippon Paint set up a charity platform called ‘ColorWay of Love‘, with the aim to renovate schools in poor regions of Asia, providing children with better conditions to study and therefore encouraging a happier learning environment.
Last year, Nippon invited French street artist Seth Globepainter to lead a school project in Taiwan, with the aim of allowing children in remote and underprivileged areas access to bright, stimulating art. On the back of this success, the charity then entrusted Seth with developing a project which saw fifteen international street artists go back to school in disadvantaged locations across Mainland China from July to September 2016, promoting education and creativity of children.
“The beauty of the world roots in color and shape , light and shade. Unfortunately in some remote and impoverished area, due to the lack of supplies, people see only grey and pale, and dreams are far and unreachable” Nippon Paint ‘Colorway of Love’
The artists who have joined the initiative with Seth Globetrotter include: Millo, Pum Pum, Pascal Vilcollet, Aryz, Andrew Hem, Rodrigo Branco, Inti, Wen Na, Breze & Dino voodoo, Kislow, Mono Gonzalez, Stinkfish and Tinho. Their mural locations can been seen on the map below…
Millo from Italy was the first artist to paint the Dong Seng school in Luzhi, a small town near suzhou. The school was built 13 years ago and has more than 2000 children attending from 2-6 years old. His mural was called protection.
The next artist to paint was Pum Pum from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her school was in Jinzhu village, in the Jiana province.
Tinho from Sao Paulo, Brazil went back to Shi Lin, a village school in Yun Nan province. His mural consisted of many books making it the library.
“Sailing in the sea of books, duelling knowledgement and reaching paradise” Tinho
Stinkfish from Colombia travelled to Zhouzhi, a village in Shaanxi province, and painted a huge wall in his colourful signature style.
Wen Na from Beijing, china went back to school in Chang Ping village. The mural was entitled “There is a flower”.
Mono Gonzalez from Chile went back to school in Bositanxiang primary in Xinjiang province.
Pascal Vilcollet from Paris went back to school in Tumb left Banner in inner Mongolia.
Kislow from Crimea went back to school in Nanjing in Jiangsu province.
Andrew Hem from California went back in school in Huanggang, Hubei . Here he painted a mother with her two children.
Seth Globepainter from Paris went back to an elementary school in Chang Ping, sichuan. His mural was called ‘My mountain’ and is a tribute to the tibetan culture. The school girl wearing traditional dress.
Aryz from spain paints a large mural in Chongqing.
Rodrigo Branco from Brazil goes back to school in Tianjin and paints two students.
Inti from Chile goes to Jinshou and paints in his signature style. He names the mural “Random”.
“Since the first astronomy records 4000 years ago in China, until today with modern mathematics, we are observing the universe attempting to decipher the cosmic “order” that rules us, convinced of the existence of a deterministic universe where certain laws or gods make things happen in a predictable and predetermined way. While the laws of physics work in our daily life, the more we learn about the universe, the more obvious it is that there is little we know about the fundamental pillars of our reality and that there will always be a limit to our knowledge. This leaves us in a universe governed by randomness and entropy, where mathematics is only a limited set of tools to help us understand an unlimited universe.” Inti
The end result is an explosion of colour and creativity contributing to the imagination of the children attending these schools.
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