You might look at this felled tree trunk from a distance and think it’s nothing more than a rotting log. At least, that’s what your brain likely tells you that it’s supposed to be. The core is hollow and chopped up—clearly the work of insects and the kind of fungus that eats wood, right?
But there’s something particularly unique about this tree trunk, and it’s not that it’s been torn apart by termites and fungi and woodpeckers. This tree’s hollowed-out interior is the work of humans!
Take a closer look, because that’s no ordinary log there. Giving it a closer examination might just surprise you… and make you want one for yourself.
When most people see this fallen tree trunk from afar, they have no idea what makes it so special. Upon taking a closer look, though, it soon becomes clear what sets it apart from the rest of the logs they encounter on a daily basis.
It really does look like this strange trunk has been chewed up by termites and woodpeckers. Or perhaps it was eaten away by a nasty fungus that only affects local vegetation. But there’s a reason why the men in this image are snapping photographs of this log. You see, this is no ordinary tree!
In fact, this is an art piece! In China, the ancient practice of carving impressive sculptures directly into trees is a revered art form that very few have mastered. This stunning and intricate piece was created by artist Zheng Chunhui.
The carving spans nearly 40 feet and it has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest tree carving in the world. That’s pretty massive. You have to figure it took the artist a really long time to make it…
There are more than 550 individually carved figures present on the piece. Can you even begin to imagine how much time, patience, and dedication that would take? That, however, was what made it so beautiful and intricate.
The tree carving was actually based on a famous Song Dynasty painting called Along The River During The Qingming Festival, which was often dubbed “China’s Mona Lisa.” And, like its inspiration, the tree carving depicted the festivities that often take place during this famous Chinese springtime festival.
Along The River During The Qingming Festival took Zheng over four years to complete. It’s a testimony not just to China’s great traditions, but to the unique art forms practiced for centuries within the country.
If you think that Zheng’s practice of carving sculptures directly into trees was impressive, then wait until you see what Japanese artist Seiji Kawasaki was doing with the wood that he carves. Like Zheng, Seiji has been mastering the art of deception of many years…
Seiji is more than just your average artist. In fact, he’s practically a creative wizard, transforming materials that are totally beyond ordinary into wondrous works of art. He takes pieces of normal wood and turns them into something you’ve really got to see to believe…
Seiji loves to carve almost anything out of wood, though his passion lies in food. He enjoys the awestruck expressions these works of art inspire. Just take a look at those tasty vegetables; they seem so fresh, don’t they? You could probably start slicing into that pepper right now!
Seiji is a gifted artist, and you can tell because of how effortless he makes each one of his creations. However, it’s actually a pretty complex process. Here, he begins with a plain block of wood and transforms it into a small fish. You have to see more of his work and process here…
What a sight to behold. It’s amazing the things that people can do with just a piece of wood! Now, we just need to be careful not to take a bite out of them thinking they’re actual food…
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