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Liu Yongzhi reproduces Yongle Palace murals
2016-01-12

  From 1997 to 2014, artist Liu Yongzhi, a native of Xiangyang, Hubei, worked on only one project. He stared at the walls inside Yongle Palace in Shanxi for 10 to 16 hours each day and worked tirelessly to reproduce the murals there. He invested 17 years and millions of yuan in this project. When he finally finished this project, he became the first person to perfectly reproduce the Yongle Palace murals.

  On December 30, the reproductions were put on display at the Hubei Provincial Library. Liu Yongzhi explained "This collection weighs more than 500 kilograms. If the reproductions were laid out, they could fill a standard football pitch. These pieces have been displayed a total of three times. Because of their size, it is impossible to put them all on display. This time, the pieces on display include "Worshipping Primus," "Manifestation of the Immortal Lu Chunyang," and "Four Great Heavenly Kings."

  During the past 17 years, Liu Yongzhi has been a consistent presence in Yongle Palace.Although he has finished his replica project, Liu Yongzhi plans to return to Yongle Palace this year. He said that the next step will involve finding a way to merge traditional murals and contemporary painting. He is searching for a path to genuine artistic creativity and meaningful innovation.