Taiwan veteran soldier Huang Yung-fu greets visitors to his village in central Taiwan with paint-stained hands and shoes spattered with flecks of color, a sign of the daily labor that has seen him single-handedly stave off developers’ bulldozers.
At 93 years old, he still gets up at 3am every day to spend four hours daubing the walls of the small settlement with colorful figures, from birds and animals to celebrity singers and sportsmen.
Known as “Rainbow Grandpa,” Huang’s artwork has kept the village safe as the surrounding area has been flattened.
He walks with a slight limp and rolls up his trouser leg to reveal a bandaged knee — bruised from spending too much time kneeling on the ground to paint, he says.
But Huang is determined to continue adding to the vibrant murals that decorate the walls and pathways of the military dependents’ village as a way to ensure its survival.