Mozambique: Debate on Land Policy extended for another month - AIM report
All photos: Tintas CIN
Several buildings are being given a new face in Maputo CBD (Central Business District). Tintas CIN has joined the ‘Bring Back Maputo’ (BBM) project. Iconic streets are gaining a new, cheerful and colourful image in an action that also benefits neglected men and women.
Tintas CIN has joined a social project to repaint 23 façades , seven of them with street art. CIN is providing all the paint for the buildings and leading the process of choosing the colours. The company has also provided a team to train women from the neighbourhood in surface preparation and painting.
Erasing signs of neglect and contributing to the refurbishment of the city’s historical legacy are among the reasons that led Tintas CIN to take an interest in the BBM project. The initiative is giving a new image to Travessa da Palmeira (also known as Rua de Arte), and Rua da Gávea, once iconic in the social and cultural life of the Mozambican capital.
The initiative’s strong social responsibility component also attracted the company, since “previously neglected men and women of the neighbourhood have been included in the project” through awareness-raising campaigns and cleaning and painting the buildings.
For Tintas CIN, “it was important that the colours were in harmony, that they highlighted the architecture and that they did not interfere with the functionality of each building”. All the façades were studied using scientific and psychological principles, proceeding with a balanced combination of warm and cool colours. The result of this care can already be seen, since many of the façades are already finished, evidencing a strong visual and aesthetic impact.
The company also participated in the choice of the urban art themes used, focusing on artistic expressions that are very much part of Mozambique’s identity, such as musical instruments, the empowerment of women and certain animal species.
The ‘Bring Back Maputo’ project focuses on various socio-cultural activities and aims to contribute to the preservation of the historical, cultural, social and architectural heritage of Maputo, with the purpose of promoting citizenship values and stimulating local tourism.