I have a funny connection to The Smurfs. In 2009 while living in Swansea, UK, I (along with more than 2,500 other people) broke a Guinness World Record for “the most people dressed as Smurfs.” I kid you not. For one night, the tiny town of Swansea was bombarded with people doused in blue body paint and white Smurf/Smurfette costumes. It was an insanely surreal experience to see your favorite childhood cartoon come to life — literally. Two years later, it looks like smurf blue has taken over another unsuspecting city.
Images (top left, bottom right): Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images; Images (top right, both images bottom left): AP Photo/Sergio Torres
Sony Pictures chose the tiny Spanish town of Juzcar to promote and host the premiere of The Smurfs 3D by turning the town into a life-size Smurf Village. More than 1,000 gallons of blue paint and a dozen painters transformed the distressed white buildings of Juzcar into bright blue beauties. Nestled in the Ronda highlands with an estimated population of 205 people, Juzcar has gained instant worldwide popularity. And even though Sony plans to return the structures to their original color come September, many of the residents surprisingly prefer the Smurf-blue hue and may just leave it that way.
From your travels, what is your favorite city that proudly breaks away from traditional exterior colors and has boldly splashed their homes and buildings with a rainbow of colors?
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