Murals for grandmother





Images of the Formosan black bear and various cartoons including “My Neighbor Totoro”, “Rubber Duck” and “Doraemon” all feature in the murals. Attracting large groups of visitors from far and wide who eagerly scramble to take snapshots beside the cute cartoon icons, the little village of Hujian in Tainan’s Shanhua District has been incredibly busy recently after being transformed with an ocean of vivid colors.

The original idea for the colored murals came from three local sisters who were worried about their grandmother getting lonely at home. They picked up some paintbrushes and began painting a range of cute colored images on the previously monotonous brick walls. This stirred the rest of the village into action and triggered a complete makeover of the village, the residents of which are almost all elderly people. The three sisters used their vacation time to do the painting, beginning each time they returned to their grandmother’s in Shanhua – as the murals gradually increased the girls slowly began painting neighbors’ walls too.

Relying on local residents to do the painting, in recent years communities decorated with colored murals have been on the increase. This activity not only lifts community spirit and increases the camaraderie between individual members in the community, but also strengthens the identity of the area. 

Murals for grandmother

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外婆家的彩绘

Murals for grandmother 台湾黑熊、龙猫、黄色小鸭、小叮噹等卡通人物通通入镜,位在台南善化乡下一个小村落胡家里,最近非常的热闹,假日来自各地的大批游客,争相在可爱的卡通人物墙面前拍照留念,台南善化胡家里变身美丽彩绘村。

彩绘村源起于三位姊妹,怕一个人住在老家的外婆孤单,于是拿起油漆彩绘了原本单调的墙面,缤纷可爱的彩色图案,让社区全体总动员,重新改造了只有老人居住的社区,三姊妹都是利用放假的时候,回到台南善化外婆家彩绘,一开始先从外婆家的围墙开始画,后来才慢慢画到附近邻居家。

近年来彩绘社区越来越多,透过社区居民亲自美化居住的环境,不但凝聚社区向心力,还有人与人之间彼此合作的情谊,加深对这块土地的认同感。

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