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    96 -Year- Old Self Taught Artist Saves His Village With Art

    Wednesday, May 29, 2019
     The Nantun district  was  set up as temporary housing for over 1,200 former soldiers. 
    Over time, most of the soldiers moved out, as developers moved in and started buying up the land. However, a few soldiers made it their permanent residence.  Former solider Huang Yung-Fu is one of those soldiers. As the government started selling more and more of the land, Huang was on the verge of losing his home. 

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    Huang watched many of his friends move out and pass away and with  the daily threats of knocking down his home, Huang became overwhelmed and felt very alone. He needed an outlet. One evening, he pulled out a paintbrush and started painting inside his home.  He said, It was calming. Eventually, he brought that love of colorful art outside and started painting  his home with bright colors, playful figures, abstract animals and cute little critters.

    His art caught the attention of the locals and one local in particular, a student who would change Huang's life.

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    "Every morning, Huang Yung-fu flips on a light, shuffles out of his two-room bungalow in sandals and carries a handful of paint tins into the streets outside. While the city around him sleeps, Huang crouches on a stool for three hours and quietly decorates the drab cement walls, pavement and windows with an explosion of playful murals in kaleidoscopic colours." 

    Every year, 11 million Tourist from all over the world come to just see the  "Rainbow village"  that  Huang has created and to take a picture with the one and only  "Rainbow Grandpa" himself

    Image credits: Steven Barrin

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    1 comment:

    1. I love it! What a great story. I love all the color he uses too!