This Looks Like A Rotting Old Tree, But Look Closer And You’ll Realize The Truth

You might look at this felled tree trunk from a distance and think it’s nothing more than a rotting log. After all, it’s almost winter, and wherever there are trees, there are several downed trunks rotting in sunken piles of dirt and leaves.

But look closer, because what you see might just surprise you.

In China, the ancient practice of carving impressive sculptures into trees is a revered art form.

This stunning and intricate piece was created by artist Zheng Chunhui.

It is called “Along The River During The Quinming Festival.”


The carving spans all twelve feet of the tree and has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest tree carving in the world.


Covering a total area of 39 feet, there are more than 550 individually carved figures present on the piece.


It is inspired by a famous Chinese painting of the same name by Zhang Zeduan of the Song Dynasty. It depicts the festivities that take place during this springtime festival. 


This took Chunhui over four years to complete.


This spectacular work of art is a testimony not just to China’s great traditions, but to the unique art forms practiced for centuries within the country. What a sight to behold.

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