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Off the wall

A car appears to be driving through the wall in a piece graffiti on a metal factory in Nantou County’s Jhushan Township on Dec. 25 last year.

Photo: Liu Pin-chuan, Taipei Times

A metal factory in the industrial area of Nantou County’s Jhushan Township had its wall painted with a variety of fascinating designs last year, ranging from a big truck that resembles Optimus Prime from the Transformers, gorgeous and attractive race car girls and the famous tilted postboxes. The paintings are rich in both content and color and have caught the eye of both residents and visitors. Whenever visitors travel through the area during holidays, they get out of their car to appreciate the graffiti or have their pictures taken with it. It has become a main tourist attraction in the community.

The factory says the reason they painted the wall was that people often posted advertisements on it, and the wall became messy after a while, which was unpleasant to look at for the community. Hence, last year they hired a designer to fashion the wall, basing the design ideas on aluminum alloy wheels, their primary product, and painting lots of cool cars on it. Initially they only wanted to paint the wall so that it would look a bit more lively. Little did they know that after completion, it would be very well received by the community, which came as a surprise to them.

A local resident surnamed Chen says that in the past there were only factories in the industrial area and it was very monotonous. Now there is a graffiti of awesome cars in the community and friends get curious and ask about it when they come to visit, which makes him proud to be part of the community. Chen says he hopes the graffiti will be properly maintained and remain a unique feature of the community.

(Liberty Times, translated by Ethan Zhan)




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