96-Year-Old Man Saves Village From Demolition By Painting It.
Huang Yung-Fu had retired to a small Taiwanese village and spent over 37 years living there. He assumed that this was where he would take his last breath, but the government had other ideas. His entire life changed when he learned they planned to storm into his village and tear it down. He knew he had to act fast. There was no time to waste. If he just stood by and did nothing, then the life he and his neighbors had created in this quaint little village would get lost forever. So he did something extraordinary!
Long ago, the Nantun District, Taichung was a gorgeous little village with more than 1,200 houses.
Most of the people who lived here were former soldiers, whom the government gave temporary housing to. But eventually, the word temporary became permanent for one particular soldier.
Most of the former soldiers started to move out as the years went by while others took over the land.
Developers began buying the land, but some of the residents in this village opted to stay right where they were so they could enjoy their lives in the Nantun District. For a time, nothing seemed to threaten their peaceful lives.
Sadly, the village’s population began to drop dramatically, and now all that’s left are 11 homes.
Fewer people in the village meant fewer people Huang Yung-Fu had to talk to. The 96-year-old retired soldier was bored out of his gourd, so he came up with an ingenious way to pass the time.
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It started out as a small personal project when he painted a bird inside of his home.
Then he decided to start working on the outside of his home and the homes of others by painting the walls with tons of interesting figures and creatures that were out of this world. Even the ground was filled with his masterpieces.
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Before long, Haung’s work was attracting tons of attention which put his village on the map.
In less than no time, Huang’s village became a tourist attraction in Taichung and everyone from all over the globe stopped by to take a look at the retired soldier’s vibrant artwork. But he had no idea how useful his artwork would be for his village.
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