The Tree Project Gives Characters to the Keepers of the Forest

You know those times when you swear you can make a face out of whatever it is you’re looking at even though you know it was just a random coincidence? Well, if you ever find yourself walking in the woods in Germany and swear you see a face in the wood-grain of a tree, there might truly be one on it thanks to Carolin and Phil Goldstein, the art duo that makes up Zonenkinder. The German artists and environmentalists paint whimsical faces on trees using an all-natural, biodegradable paint for their ongoing series ‘The Tree Project.’ The expressions on each tree and stump are painted to interact with its natural surroundings like the growing mushrooms on its base or the mass of leaves around it making for a dynamic group of forest-keepers.

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