In ancient times, our ancestors were firmly rooted in an animistic view of the world, believing that spirits inhabited all of the rocks, trees and rivers. Tapping into this primeval vein, American sculptor Keith Jennings carves wizened faces into the skins of trees, revealing a vision of their inner spirit.
Designed to blend into their surroundings, Jennings' carvings often have a pensive or enlightened feel to them.
According to My Modern Met, Jennings takes anywhere from two to four days to hew out these visages, which he insists (in the manner of Michelangelo) are already hidden there, but fully-formed, waiting to be revealed: "I don’t have that much to do with it. The wood speaks to you, ya know?”
Jenning's Tree Spirit sculptures are dotted throughout the island on public and private property; visitors can check out their locations via this convenient Google Maps. More over at Keith Jenning's website.