You have probably heard about the village where all the houses are completely covered by blue flowers. The name of the village is Zalipie and is located in Czech Republic, 90 minutes from Krakow. The drawing of the flowers on the houses begun in the 1940s as a way to cover soot marks from ovens – because they had almost no ventilation in their houses.
As the time passed by, more and more people were interested in drawing flowers on their houses and other buildings. Consequently, since 1948 until now in this village there is a competition called Painted Cottage Competition. When this competition was held for the first time, its purpose was to help the people recover from all the psychological consequences caused by World War II.
Anežka (Agnes) Kašpárková, 90-year old grandma, who used to be an agricultural worker in the past, took the inspiration from Zalipie village and decided to decorate her own village Louka also located in the Czech Republic.
Agnes is now drawing floral patterns all over the buildings and homes in her village by using only a small paint brush and paint.
Although she has become very popular among her villagers and in a national level too, she says that the only reason she does this is for fun and pleasure: “I am an artist, I just enjoy it and I want to spread the joy all over the village.”
Motivated by the traditional artwork that originates from Zalipie, these complex bright blue flowers became her obsession. She proves what many people say that age is just a number, and by following your passions and dreams you will only bring joy and happiness into your life.
Agnes makes a small pause during the incredibly cold winters, but once the sun is up again and the weather warms up a little bit, you can see how she immediately comes back to where she has stopped or starts something new.
This story can serve as an inspiration to all the people in the world, no matter the age!
We should all join together, do something that makes us happy and try to make the world a little more beautiful place to live in.