New York Man Paints 9/11 Mural Featuring Faces of 343 FDNY Responders Who Died

PHOTO: Yi Yang, a Chinese-American artist, has completed a colossal painting to honor the 343 firefighters and paramedics who died on 9/11.Yi Yang
Yi Yang, a Chinese-American artist, has completed a colossal painting to honor the 343 firefighters and paramedics who died on 9/11.

An artist has completed a colossal painting to honor the 343 firefighters and paramedics who lost their lives at Ground Zero, a feat five years in the making that was completed just days before the 14th anniversary of the the 9/11 attacks.

"I think being a firefighter is a very dangerous job," Yi Yang of Flushing, New York told ABC News today. "These people from 9/11 are heroes. All of them are great."

Yang, 58, said he came to the United States from China in 1995 where he soon made a living drawing caricatures in Central Park.

PHOTO: The entire project took Yang five years to complete. Rong Xiaoqing
The entire project took Yang five years to complete.

Yang said that following the 9/11 terror attacks, many people would show him photos of their loved ones who had died -- asking him to create a portrait.

In 2010, Yang said he saw a mural on the side of the Flushing firehouse that inspired him to paint a tribute of his own.

PHOTO: Yang said he painted the mural because he wanted to do something for the American people. Rong Xiaoqing
Yang said he painted the mural because he wanted to do something for the American people.

"I collected a lot of pictures from the Internet [of the victims]," Yang said. "I am an American citizen. I wanted to do something for Americans, for New York...I'm so, so grateful and I never want to leave."

PHOTO: Yang hopes a museum will feature his creation. Rong Xiaoqing
Yang hopes a museum will feature his creation.

The five-piece mural, who took five years to complete, features all 343 faces of the FDNY first responders who were killed at the World Trade Center, as well as Mount Rushmore, George Bush on a megaphone, and touching portrayals of firefighters embracing one another.

PHOTO: All 343 faces are featured in the paintings. Rong Xiaoqing
All 343 faces are featured in the paintings.

"The picture came out very good," Yang said. "I used realism. I didn't want to make it look too perfect."

The painting is currently sitting in Yang's apartment.

PHOTO: The mural is in five pieces. Rong Xiaoqing
The mural is in five pieces.

He said he hopes it is featured either in a museum, or downtown near the firehouse where he was inspired.