Projeto Morrinho, Rio de Janeiro

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Project Morrinho (in Portuguese "Projeto Morrinho") is a social and cultural project based out of the Favelas Cariocas and the Favela (Pereirão) in the Laranjeiras neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Morrinho, which was started by local youth in 1997, is a 450m² model of the city constructed from bricks and other recycled materials. It began as a simple childhood game to escape from the realities of violence and corruption that surrounded the teens and their community.

Within this miniature urban world of Morrinho ("little hill"), participants act out a role-playing game with the numerous people made from Lego that inhabit the model, recreating life in Rio's favelas. Morrinho reproduces the favelas of Rio de Janeiro as an intricate and multifaceted model. In addition to the Lego people, Morrinho includes cars, police vehicles, and a helicopter, representing the reality lived by these young people. Throughout the years, Morrinho has garnered increasing attention for its aesthetics and ingenuity of its child creators, growing from a local phenomenon to a popular international exhibit. It has been able to use that attention to evolve, not only as a work of art, but also, into an organization with aspirations for social change. Currently, more than 20 teenagers are following in the example of Morrinho’s founding members.
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  • Our original tour of a Favela was canceled and so our hotel booked this. We were a bit underwhelmed walking through the Favela with our local guide until we arrived at Project Morrinho. What a...  more »
  • Most Cariocas don't live like they do in the center and this tour gives you the chance to visit a favela, with a locally famous artist, in relative safety. You will see the very good and the very bad....  more »

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