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    The Artist Giuseppe Penone carefully removes the rings of growth to reveal the “sapling withing”.  By carving out the inside of a tree trunk and leaving the knots in place, they eventually emerge as tiny limbs

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    The Hidden Life Within - Artist Giuseppe Penone carefully removes the rings of growth to reveal the ‘sapling within’. By carving out the inside of a tree trunk and leaving the knots in place, they eventually emerge as tiny limbs. #wood #art

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The Hidden Life Within – Artist Giuseppe Penone carefully removes the rings of growth to reveal the ‘sapling within’. By carving out the inside of a tree trunk and leaving the knots in place, they eventually emerge as tiny limbs

Italian artist Giuseppe Penone currently has an installation in Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario, in which Penone has carefully removed rings of growth from a fir tree to reveal its former young shape hidden beneath decades of growth. "Penone arrives at these forms by carving the tree trunk leaving the knots in place until they emerge as limbs, revealing the sapling within."

Artist Giuseppe Penone carefully removes the rings of growth to reveal the "sapling within". By carving out the inside of a tree trunk and leaving the knots in place, they eventually emerge as tiny limbs. “My artwork shows, with the language of sculpture, the essence of matter and tries to reveal with the work, the hidden life within.” –Giuseppe Penone

'Tree of 12 Metres' (1980-82) by Giuseppe Penone

Exquisite Hand Carved Tree Trunk Chair on Swivel Base from OneMansTrashLasVegas on Etsy

totem by David Nash. Photo credit: imstillme, via Flickr

Hallowed out of a single piece of wood. Back and sides are covered with beautifully executed acanthus carving. Base and rim around the seat are bordered with carved geometric designs. Chair was made by Halvor Lie, father of donor. Lie was a teacher in Kristiansand, Norway for 57 years. He often won prizes for his work. The tree trunk used to make this chair grew in a forest on the coast west of Kristiansand. The piece of wood was so heavy that the horse wagon used to carry it broke. 1900

Sculpture #3 by Djinn76 on Flickr. Flickr and Tumblr frustrate me as they give very little description or credit to an artist.

Temporarily covered in red felt, a series of tree trunks in a Finland forest stand out in sharp relief against the natural green and brown tones of their surroundings. Artist Lea Turto covered the trunks in Helsinki’s central park in a series called ‘The Sacred Realm of the Forest Elf’.

Strangely mesmerizing sculpture by French contemporary artist Daniel Firman. Exhibited back in 2008, this life-size piece was seen at the Fontainebleau Castle in Paris, France. Called Wursa, the sculpture is balancing on its trunk 18,000 km above the earth. Firman consulted with a professional taxidermist to construct this piece making it look as real as possible.