The Soul of Trees

Have you ever seen a knot in a plank of wood and wondered where it came from and how it fitted in the tree when it was alive? Ok, well maybe it was just me as a child, wondering what a knot was and how it ended up in the peice of wood i was holding.

Know i know that a branch goes deep into the parent branch/trunk creating a strong a branch root to support the weight of the branch.

As a child i would wonder what it would be like to carve away the outer layers of a tree to leave the branch root intact, tracing the (often annoying knot) back as far as i could. Luckily Italian artist Giuseppe Penone has gone to the trouble for me.

Giuseppe Penone’s work, The Hidden Life Within, reveals the sapplings hidden within the older trees they had become. Some of the peice look very intricate to carve while others (such as the tree of 12 meters) look just like trees which have had their bark removed, that is untill you notice the base.

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  1. Lee left a comment on September 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    It really is interesting to see inside a tree and see where knots in wood do come from. As well as learning something you get a interesting piece of art too

  2. TTS left a comment on November 17, 2012 at 1:29 am

    That’s an amazing display of tree sculpting. Penone has something special, I’ll share this.

  3. Godwin’s Arboricultural left a comment on March 6, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Fantastic display of tree sculpting. Where did you locate these amazing images.

    • richard left a comment on March 7, 2013 at 6:31 am

      Thank you. I think I saw one of the images on twitter and after a little research i found the others

  4. tom harrison left a comment on October 7, 2016 at 4:49 am

    really interesting pictures of trees and the different types of tree sculpting you have. Incredible, thank for putting those up.

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