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Hand-painted Coldplay mural causes sensation in Ximending
酷玩樂團宣傳照壁畫 台北西門街頭超吸睛

A promotional mural of Coldplay is seen in this undated photo taken in Taipei’s Ximending area.

Photo courtesy of Warner Music Taiwan

Following the global success of its 2015 album A Head Full of Dreams, hit British rock band Coldplay is set to release its new effort Everyday Life next Friday. To create an old-school atmosphere, the double album’s promotional photo is based on a 1919 photo of lead guitarist Jonny Buckland’s great-grandfather’s band.

The image can also been seen in a street in Taipei’s Ximending area, as Warner Music Taiwan invited veteran painter Yan Jhen-fa to recreate the artwork on a wall of Ximending’s Cinema Street this month. Yan specifically wrote the completion date as “Nov. 22, 1919” to echo the original photo. The mural will be on display until Dec. 31.

After a wait of two decades, Coldplay finally visited Taiwan for the first time in 2017 for two concerts, attracting more than 80,000 diehard fans to the shows. The mural is so cool that Coldplay has even posted the image on its official Facebook page.

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)






1. old-school adj.


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2. atmosphere n.

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3. promotional adj.

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4. original adj.

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5. mural n.

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