The Colorful City is the first association in Hungary that colors public spaces in this way. The civil based project has formed itself to be a movement from the very beginning, because coloring up public spaces in a legal way was unknown before 2008 by the time they launched the initiative of Colorful City Project. The basic idea is built on Victor Vasarely's Colorful City concept, published in 1983, which bottom line is for art to set foot on the streets, public spaces and that people should not only meet with fine art pieces in galleries.
So far, they've managed to color 15,000 sqm of wall surface. They believe that the city we live in is at many spots grey and alienating. The public spaces are neglected, making it hard to love and protect them. This leads to degradation and depletion. It is easy to see that this way the space loses its public function. We also feel threatened by the fact that almost exclusively advertisements, commercial mediums are the only to color up our every day environment. We live in a web of suggestive, consumer stimulating messages. What they do is to form collaboration against these adverts, by which, the interests of the citizens, the city and the private sector could prevail, at least to the extent as it is done now through public space advertising channels. The areas they choose highly represent the unfolded problems. They look for neglected arteries of the city with large pedestrian traffic. These are their main focus, where they would like to color up with contemporary or/and functional pieces of art, making it kinder and nicer for the local community.
They aim to change the negligence and disrepair of public spaces, to make it felt: the communities help them to stay nice in the long run. Furthermore they follow the principles to use recycled materials and follow sustainability, when creating the artifacts. They would also like to change the distorted view on graffiti, by wall paintings with real artistic value, which reflect on everyday issues, technical possibilities and with its colors and meanings, they would cheer up the cityscape. One of their programme's main features is that they initiate interactive elements as well, so the visitors can influence a picture and send messages.
The colorful City team try hard to realise their goal which is to make cities livable, more colorful through the drawing cityscape and to make decision processes regarding townscape more civil and of general interest. They have a vision: to turn Hungary into a huge exhibition space.