Using Art to Pay Tribute to an Ancient Civilization

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Where some saw a wasteland, artist Song Peilun saw an opportunity. For the last 20 years he has been building a village in Guizhou, China, that stretches across 50 acres of forest and pays tribute to the ancient civilization that once lived there.

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But this massive project could not have been realized without the stonework and technical expertise of local residents.

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Today, the Yelang Valley is more than a popular tourist attraction for curious visitors, it’s a working community of painters and musicians. And it isn’t finished yet.

Song Peilun spent 20 years building his version of a Chinese utopia after he purchased 200,000 sqaure metres of land.

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The artist says he was inspired by the Crazy Horse, a monument dedicated to a Native American warrior in the US state of South Dakota. He realised that he wanted to create something similar in Guizhou.

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