Suki and a dozen other volunteer artists have transformed the dreary concrete walls
into vibrant expressions of hope.
Here is one example of street art in Rio de Janeiro.
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Street art is embraced in
Brazil like few places in the world. Often it carries a political message.
art epitomizes the progress being made in many favelas.
Fifty homes have been
painted so far, with residents asking for more.
The garden and playground was a garbage dump less than a year ago.
Tours of the street art give a small boost to the local economy, but also create a bridge between
Rio's rich and poor.
For street artist Marcio
Suki, the art
gives young people in Rio a brighter picture of what their futures can be.
CBS News crew walks through favela.
Street artist Marcio
Suki says, "I think [the street art] has improved
the self-esteem of many residents.”