China has a tradition of wood carvings that spans centuries. Several Chinese artists continue the art form, but few are as mind-blowing as Zheng Chunhui, in his piece “Along The River During The Quinming Festival.”

The ornately carved sculpture spans the trunk of a 12-foot-long tree. Chunhui was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s longest wood carving.

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The piece is over 39 feet long and contains more than 550 individually carved people among the buildings and foliage.

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This piece is a replica of the famous Chinese painting “Along The River During The Quinming Festival,” attributed to the Song Dynasty era artist Zhang Zeduan sometime between 1085 and 1145.

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There is a long custom of interpreting the famous painting by court artists of each Chinese dynasty.

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The piece depicts life in the Song Dynasty in astounding detail.

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The piece took Chunhui four years to complete. The Quinming Festival refers to a springtime festival on the 15th day of the spring equinox, so the unveiling of the piece is fortuitous timing on Chunhui’s part.

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