Street art from election waste in Rio de Janeiro

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Mundano's "Lixeira Eleitoral" ("Election Waste") bin in Rio di Janeiro's bustling Largo da Carioca neighborhood. Photo: Mundano Mundano’s “Lixeira Eleitoral” (“Election Waste”) installation in Rio di Janeiro’s bustling Largo da Carioca neighborhood. Photo: Mundano

Yesterday, while our staff finished last-minute preparations for TEDGlobal 2014, a kind of hush fell over the streets of Rio de Janeiro as Brazilians voted in their presidential election. In a race between more than 10 candidates, President Dilma Rousseff emerged as the front-runner, taking 41.5% of the vote, with runner-up Aécio Neves capturing 33.7% of the vote. The two are headed for a run-off election on October 26.

Mundano, a graffiti artist as well as a member of the newly-minted class of TEDGlobal 2014 Fellows, took the election as a call to artistic action. Best known for his project Pimp My Carroça, which called attention to the vital role of waste pickers in Brazil and around the world by customizing their carts, he had an idea. He arrived early in Rio from Sao Paulo, and spent the days before the…

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