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