40-Foot Hand-Carved Sculpture Earns Guinness World Record

This huge wooden sculpture is an impressive display of the famous Chinese wood carver Zheng Chunhui’s incredible hand-carving skills. Standing more than 40 feet long, almost 8 feet wide, and, at one point, 10 feet tall, the massive work of art was formed out of just one single log and was recently declared the world’s longest wood sculpture by the Guinness Book of World Records.

It took artist Zheng Chunhui four years to complete the piece, which is based off of the 900 year old Chinese painting Along the River During the Qingming Festival. The scenes feature beautifully intricate details of both the rich and poor’s life in a small town. When replicating such a famous painting, many artists tend to add a touch of modern day into the very ancient scenes. However, Chunhui stuck strictly to the culture from almost a millennium ago, focusing on the small houses, boats, and even 550 tiny human sculptures as they went about their daily lives.

Zheng Chunhui on English China News Service
via [Colossal], [Mail Online]

November 29, 2016

Klimt-Inspired Golden Map of Manhattan Celebrates the Bright Lights of New York at Night

Though designer Rafael Esquer has lived in New York City for 20 years, he’s still in awe of its bright lights and buzzing nightlife. As the founder of Alfalfa Studio, a branding and graphic design house based in Lower Manhattan, he creates pieces inspired by his enlightening experiences in the Big Apple. His latest project, a shimmering map entitled Iconic New York Illuminated, captures the magic of Manhattan after dark.

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