Last week, the Palace Museum in Beijing revealed an amazing wooden sculpture by Chinese artist Zheng Chunhui which he carved from a single tree trunk ca. 12 meters long, 3 meters high and 2 meters wide (= 40 x 10 x 8 ft); it took him four years to carve and features 550 individually carved people among boats, bridges and buildings.
The sculpture is based on the famous scroll painting Along the River During the Qingming Festival (ca. 1085-1145), which captures the daily life of people and the landscape of the capital, Bianjing (today Kaifeng). The original painting is one of the most renowned work among all Chinese paintings and has even been called, ‘China’s Mona Lisa’ for its recognizability.
Re-blogged from TwistedSifter