VIA| As you know, trees are the oldest living things on earth. And as long as humans have been around, people have been using wood for buildings, tools, and of course, art.
China has a wood carving tradition that spans numerous centuries. And many modern artists continue the art form to this day.
But few create anything as epic and awe-inspiring as Zheng Chunhui did in his piece “Along The River During The Quinming Festival.”
Carved from a 12-foot long tree, the ornately carved sculpture has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest wood carving in the world.
The entire piece is more than 39-feet long has includes over 550 individually carved individuals among the village setting.
Chunhui’s carving replicates the legendary Chinese painting “Along The River During The Quinming Festival” which is attributed to Song Dynasty era artist Zhang Zeduan. He was expected to have created the piece sometime between 1085 and 1145.
Each Chinese dynasty has its own interpretation of the epic painting as it depicts life in the Song dynasty with astounding attention to detail. You can see people doing any number of things if you look closely.
Chunhui dedicated four years of his life to carving his magnificent masterpiece.
The Quinming Festival occurs on the 15th day of the spring equinox and celebrates the renewal of life.
Watch the video below for a detailed tour of the World’s longest wood carving.