Taipei 'Coldplay' mural painting becomes major selfie hotspot

11/16/2019 08:48 PM
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Photo courtesy of Warner Music Taiwan
Photo courtesy of Warner Music Taiwan

Taipei, Nov. 16 (CNA) A promotional mural of the popular rock band Coldplay in Taipei's Ximending area has become a big favorite with passing tourists and fans alike, who come specifically to take selfies with the British icons.

Initiated by Warner Music Taiwan, the artwork was hand-painted by legendary Taiwanese painter Yen Chen-fa (顏振發), one of the last few remaining film painters in the world who still practices the age-old tradition.

The image reproduces the cover of the band's latest album, titled "Everyday Life."

(Photo courtesy of Warner Music Taiwan)

Scheduled to be released worldwide on Nov. 22, it will be Coldplay's eighth album release, after a four-year hiatus.

Many people, including members of the band, have posted pictures of the art work on social media, turning the mural into a local hotspot, the record company said.

According to Warner Music Taiwan, Yen plans to sell the original draft of the Coldplay oil painting that measures 150 centimeters by 235 centimeters, with all the proceeds going to local charities.

Born in rural Tainan, Yen has painted thousands of movie posters in Taiwan over the past 40 years.

(Photo courtesy of Warner Music Taiwan)

The artist attracted global attention with his hand-painted billboards, with the BBC running a feature on his life and works last year.

In 2013, the Associated Press hailed Yen as a national treasure and his poster advertising the hit Disney movie "Zootopia" went viral on the discussion forum Reddit in 2016.

(By Sabine Cheng and Ko Lin)


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