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ECO ART: Brilliant Images Carved into Leaves
Posted By Moe Beitiks On January 30, 2010 @ 8:50 am In Art,Design | No Comments
Why settle for a postcard of the Mona Lisa, when you could have a hand-carved leaf engraved with her mysterious face? Making art  with leaves isn’t a new idea, but several online purveyors have taken the medium to a new level. Offering up intricately cut images of everything from landscapes to the female form to even Napoleon  – yes, you can have the face of the famous emperor cut into a leaf and framed – sustainable art  just got a little more interesting.
Typically of the Chinar tree, native to India, Pakistan, and China , each leaf is dried and the outer layers are delicately removed with a knife, while carefully keeping the veins intact so not to compromise the stability of the form. A single leaf-work may take months of work, and once complete it is then preserved within a frame.
Complex and telling, this amazing art  form can be seen as a metaphor for our current culture – nature’s fragile beauty manipulated by our modern industrialized world in order to create something compelling.
Via Treehugger 
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 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/30/eco-art-brilliantly-intricate-leaf-carvings/leaf-sculpture-mona-lisa/
 art: http://inhabitat.com/art
 online purveyors : http://www.foliagesart.com/
 Napoleon: http://www.foliagesart.com/ProductShow.asp?ArticleID=136
 China: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/12/01/mad-architects-unveil-urban-forest-skyscraper-for-china/
 Treehugger: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/01/leaf-carving-an-incredible-art-form.php
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