November 14, 2013 marked the ninth annual Guinness World Records Day, where people around the globe attempted to break world records.That day at the Palace Museum in Beijing, on display, was a fantastic wooden sculpture, by a Chinese artist Zheng Chunhui. The wooden carving took four years to complete. The tree trunk is over 40 ft long. The artwork is actually a copy of the famous Chinese painting, ‘Along the River During the Qingming Festival’, which was created over 1,000 years ago.Though it has been replicated many times, Chunhui’s version is surely the most spectacular.It is considered of huge historical importance as it documents the day-to-day lives of Chinese people, both rich and poor, 900 years ago.
Just a log of wood? Take closer look. Appearances can be deceptive.
Awe struck? Go Ahead and look at the further pictures. There are lots more.
The piece measure 12.286 meters long, is 3.075 meters tall at its highest point, and is also 2.401 meters wide.
The intricate work features boats, bridges, building and even 550 individually carved people.
It was originally painted on a hand scroll and was designed to be looked at by slowly unrolling the paper from right to left, an arm’s length at a time, like an ancient comic strip.
The original painting, referred to as the ‘Chinese Mona Lisa’ because of its fame, was completed during the Song Dynasty by artist Zhang Zeduan.