CCTV Focuses on Graffiti on Hundred-metre Old Street of Hanyang West Street: Memory is the Precious

Graffiti on the Baimi Old Street of Yangxi Street in Wuhan attracted the attention of all sectors of the society immediately after it was reported in the column "Yangtze River Observation" of the Yangtze River Daily on November 14. On the evening of the 24th, CCTV News Channel Newsweek once again focused on graffiti writer Yi Xiaoyang as a "character of the week", telling the story of his seven-year creation and memory preservation for the neighbourhood with a brush.


The program entitled "Yi Xiaoyang: Memory of Old Street" lasts for nearly 8 minutes and tells about Yi Xiaoyang's creative experience in the past seven years. With the theme of the upcoming demolition of the West Street and the surrounding masses, he drew a picture of the old street "Qingming Riverside" on the wall adjacent to the street.

Yi Xiaoyang, 61, grew up on West Street. He grew up fond of painting and later became a university teacher. In December 2011, a wall for demolition was built on the street of West Street. He began to paint on this "silent painting board" to depict the style and features of the West Street, which was about to be demolished. He was praised by the neighborhood and praised him for drawing "the feeling of the West Street", so he insisted on painting. At present, the mural is more than 100 meters long.

In the creation, when facing the hardship, poverty and even boredom of life, the little people still maintain an upward attitude towards life, which makes Yi Xiaoyang very touched. He said that the care and warmth of the neighbourhood was the greatest harvest of his paintings over the years, and he wanted to paint this warmth down.

On November 14, the Changjiang Daily "Yangtze River Observation" column, Wuhan Evening News, Wuhan Morning News and New Media Matrix, which belong to the Changjiang Daily Group, focused on the stories of murals in Yixiaoyang and Xijie Street, which stimulated the citizens'thinking and Discussion on retaining the memory of the city. As the host Bai Yansong said at the end of the program, over the years, we have seen a lot of public memories, abandoned and wasted in the tide of social progress. Perhaps it is time for us to take memory as a precious treasure to keep and treat it kindly.