Colombian pop star Shakira may be best known for her hip-shaking and her catchy songs, but she’s also known for generously giving back to those who are underprivileged. Her philanthropic organization, the Barefoot Foundation, recently unveiled a new structure that shields kids while adding color to a blighted community in her native Columbia.
Designed by Giancarlo Mazzanti, the structure was erected in a poor suburb of Bogotá. Dubbed Bosques de la Esperanza, the project consists of a cluster of dodecahedrons made of wire mesh and translucent green tiles and supported by tilted steel poles.
The effect of the green dodecahedrons rising above the skyline ultimately provides a a tree-like appearance, lending a bit of vibrancy to the impoverished community.
Many people have been displaced from their homes due to conflict and have sought shelter in this region. The structure is intended to be a symbol of “nature, union and hope” for the area.