Reconnected 1 and 2 (Photo: ARG_Flickr)
The wood in these sculptures comes from trees that were cut down by vandals in a forest in north-west England. The people responsible left the trunks where they fell, Kuriositas reports.
Artist Philippe Handford used the wood from those trees to create these beautiful sculptures, which are called Reconnected 1 and 2.
Handford attached metal spines to the stumps, and then carefully placed the chopped up slices of wood into them, reconnecting the lost trunk with its original stump.
The pieces were part of the 2012 Pendle Sculpture Trail, an outdoor exhibition held last year to commemorate the 400th anniversary of a witch trial that took place in Pendle, England, in which 10 people were hanged after being convicted of using witchcraft.
Kuriositas speculates that the Reconnected sculptures draw a parallel between the felled trees and the victims of the witch trials:
"Cut down cruelly and irresponsibly, just as the victims of the witch trials, Handford decided to reconnect them. The result is both startling and contemplative."
A closeup of Reconnected 1 (Photo: ARG_Flickr)
Artist Philippe Handford with Reconnected 1 (Photo: Philippe Handford)