Chinese Sculptor Spends 4 Years Sculpting World’s Longest Wooden Masterpiece

Chinese Sculptor Spends 4 Years Sculpting World’s Longest Wooden Masterpiece
Chinese Sculptor Spends 4 Years Sculpting World’s Longest Wooden Masterpiece

When you hear the word “masterpiece,” you most likely think of some famous painting painted in the 15th or 16th century like the Mona Lisa. So it’s always nice to know that artistic masterpieces are being created even today. Take, for example, Chinese artist Zheng Chunhui’s breathtaking 12.2-meter-long (over 40 ft) wooden carving – it is a modern masterpiece of wood sculpture.

There are lots of things about Chunhui’s amazing sculpture that make it unforgettable. It has entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest continuous wooden sculpture in the world – it was carved out of a single tree trunk. Between its size and its intricate detailing, it’s no surprise that it took Chunhui four years to complete it. The sculpture features buildings, trees, mountains, rivers, boats, bridges, clouds, and even 550 little individual hand-carved people.

Chunhui’s sculpture takes a slightly new twist on the Chinese tradition of enriching and adding on to ancient masterpieces. The scene it depicts is based on “Along the River During the Qinming Festival,” a long scroll painting by Chinese artist Zhang Zeduan that is almost 1,000 years old and depicts the lives of both the rich and the poor during the Qingming Festival. Other chinese artists throughout the ages have reinterpreted and added on to this work with cultural elements from their own centuries.












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  1. Hello. I would be glad if You shared your opinion about studies of visual arts in high European art schools, be it academy or university.
    I’m actually looking for studies in English language, and I’m particularly interested in schools, providing combined course of fine arts, some practical things, like design, and art history.
    Thank you.

  2. Since many forms of art were banned because of the belief in the Quran, why did the government seem to think works of art would be worshiped instead of Allah?

  3. What is the salary and basic job description of an art director? Also, what is the job title of someone a step below an art director and what are there job duties?

  4. In martial arts what art do they teach moves such as escapes from headlocks and bearhugs? Is it juijitso? Do they teach it at white belt or at a higher level? If you teach martial arts or take it please answer, I would appreciate an answer, thanks!

  5. The definition of it doesn’t make sense to me. “Fine art or the fine arts encompass art forms developed primarily for aesthetics and/or concept rather than practical application.”. What is art that has a practical application and why isn’t it considered fine? Also, isn’t all art developed primarily for aesthetics and concept?

  6. What does art tell us about the Middle Ages versus the Renaissance? Compare medieval and Renaissance art as a means of uncovering characteristics of the Renaissance worldview. How these works differ in their portrayal of human experience. Which seems more realistic, more true to life? Why?

  7. What martial art should I take to learn how to use a katana and other Japanese swords? I was thinking Kendo but I know that other martial arts teach it too like Aikido and Ninjutsu. Thanks.

  8. Our political world is surrounded by art and images we put together with different meanings, (eg: a good leader). Leaders have used artwork to persuade us in many ways for many many years.

    How does art created for a dictator differ from art created for a freely elected leader? In what was is it the same?

  9. How did art affect people during the Renaissance? More specifically, but not exclusive to, Italy?

  10. There is no best art, only a practitioner, every one has their preferences.SO what martial art do you find works best for YOU? If you cross train please tell me what combination of arts you think work best for you. Please only people who train in arts, not a person behind the computer saying muay thai, BJJ, and wrestling because it works in the UFC. Thanks.
    clowns you contribute alot to Y!A MA community but are you sure you practice Tae Kwan Do? you seemed to have spelled it wrong, or is it a typo?
    Edit: clowns I am an on and off martial artist some martial arts I have taken a few classes in but can’t say are my arts are Kyokushin karate, Tae kwan do, and Judo. I have trained for 1 and 3/4 year muay thai 1/2 year mma, and 2 months bjj. I also took Krav Maga for 3 months but you can say I don’t have that much experiene compared to others on th MA Y!A board.
    Oops meant to say experience*

  11. I am doing a study of “Faith and Reason” written by Pope John Paul II. Tonight we were talking about objectivity and subjectivity. Art was the example used to discuss one’s own perception of good art and bad art and the universal perception of it. I am confused by the subject of art. I personally think good and bad art is subject to one’s own personal opinion.

    Can anyone explain to me what is ‘good art’? Like Michelango, Picaso & Van Gogh versus modern art? And by whose standards is ‘good art’ classified as such?

    I’ve never taken an art class, I only draw privately once in a while but I don’t consider myself an artist. What books or websites can I go to to learn about art?

  12. Is the “Guinness” that creates the annual book af records the same Guinness that makes the Irish alcoholic beverage. Being Irish myself I really should know this but hey.

  13. i’m 14 1/2 years old and i have a size 18 shoe in men(U.S. Size 18) how do i put that into the guinnes world records?

    i tried the website and that was just for records to attempt to break world records(for example): eating 10,000 burgers. where’s the site to make a record for biggest feet for a 14 year old boy?

  14. here is the letter:


    Would you like to help kids who started this letter in
    1996? If the chain isn’t broken until spring 2006, it
    will be put in the Guinness Book of World Records
    along with all the kids that took part in it. Nobody
    has broken the chain yet. Please don’t be the one
    who breaks the chain!

    All you have to do is write or type this letter and send
    it by mail. The reason you must send it by mail is
    because the post office is monitoring who broke the
    chain. As you can see the mail is free. Just write
    “Guinness Book of World Records for Children”
    where you would put the stamp. You have four days
    to send this to seven people under the ge of 16. The
    day you receive this letter is one of your four days.
    In a few days you will receive a letter thanking you
    for your part in this chain.

    Your friend,

  15. Any Singaporeans in the Guinness Book of World Records? I’m searching for a list of Singaporeans with individual Guinness world records. Not a world record with participations.

  16. Oh – If theres anything about the Jackson 5 as well. Dont forget about them – They were amazing as well 😀
    Well, I Heard that Michael Jackson was a world record holder of 6 records or something.

    Just want to know which books these are in, and if they are in the most recent copies. I have 2007 and 2009.

    Oh, and if he isn’t in the most recent copies, do you think they will put them in the 2010 book in Honor of his death?

    If there is anything else you might want to tell me about him being in the Guinness book of world records, tell me..!

    Thanks So Much! 🙂

  17. If you could you tell me if there’s a record for that most pants worn by a human being? If there is how many did he/she wear?

  18. im doing a report on babe didrikson and I need to know if she was in the guinness book of world records

  19. I’m writting a speech and I want to make it funny but prove a point so I’m doing it on the book of world records how they’re getting out of control and like when will people eat crockroaches so ya if you know like any dumb ones that i could put in my speech that would be great

  20. What is the world record for one arm chin ups,all i know is that Bruce Lee could do that the record?

  21. Is there any record of someone being covered in red ants in a tub for a long period of time? and is that dangerous? How long would I have to stay covered in them?

  22. I think that I am the blackest man you’ll ever see an I was wondering if I there I such a record and if so who holds it and how I can I enter my name and skin color in

  23. Who was the oldest person living after 1955 when the Guinness Record book started?

  24. In what version/series of guinness world records books does michael jackson hold titles? Is he in more than one record book?
    What edditions of guinness world record book does michael appear in?
    eg 2004 etc

  25. what is the Guinness book of world record for most books read in a year??


    Can you please provide a link to the information and how recent the information is.

    thank you


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