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Murals revitalize old alleys in Changsha

Updated: 2017-01-13

 

Unlike the uneven and mottled walls of many ancient alleys, those in the Dingwangtai subdistrict of Changsha have been given a colorful twist.

 

Murals, painted by groups of volunteers, have been springing up in the subdistrict in recent weeks, aimed at brightening up the sometimes dour streets.

 

"The old and unclean appearance of the alleys can often be at odds with a modern city," said Liu Xian, a top official of the subdistrict.

 

To combat this, the government has encouraged volunteers, often students, to create ingenious, and almost "Banksy-esque", murals throughout the subdistrict.

 

The colorful murals bring the old alleys in Furong district of Changsha back to life. [Photo by Chen Fei/Changsha Evening News]

 

So far, the murals have a positive impact in local communities. "The paintings have changed the environment and improved people's quality of life," said Shen Yao, a professor at Architecture College of Hunan University.

 

Located in Furong district, the Dingwangtai subdistrict is a living museum of old Changsha and the home of many historic relics scattered around its 1.48-square-km area.

 

A three-meter-high painting of a smiling face brightens up an alley. [Photo by Chen Fei/Changsha Evening News]

 

A mural is inspired by the masterpiece of Van Gogh in Dingwangtai subdistrict, Changsha. [Photo by Chen Fei/Changsha Evening News]

 

Source: Changsha Evening News