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Windows painted onto building seen as ‘real’ from afar

Source:Global Times Published: 2013-10-25 0:43:01

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The residential building in Qingdao, Shandong Province that has windows painted on to it. Photo: CFP

The residential building in Qingdao, Shandong Province that has windows painted on to it. Photo: CFP



An affordable housing complex in Qingdao, Shandong Province that has multiple "windows" painted onto an exterior wall has caught the attention of many Net users, who say the detail appears real from a distance.

Net user Duanshuiyuchen posted a picture of the government-funded residential building on Yichang Road, which shows two columns of painted windows with white frames aligned neatly along the north wall of the 27-story building.

"They only look fake when you get up close," said the Net user.

Net user Chenhui said that the painted windows looked like they had been drawn using Ma Liang's "magic brush." The ancient Chinese painter was famous for make everything he drew "come to life."

But some questioned safety hazards behind the move, saying that it would be better to have real windows for people to use an escape route.

The local government in charge of the building, meanwhile, responded, saying that due to the layout of the staircase inside, it was not ideal to put windows on the north side, so contractors painted the walls to create an aesthetic effect instead.

But some Net users said that the idea was silly and a waste of taxpayers' money.

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