Monday, February 12, 2007

Stump Sculpture in Interlaken, Switzerland

This sculpture is near the canal in Interlaken and is one of the interesting cultural pieces found in the city. Wooden sculpture is a long-standing Swiss art. The faces carved appear to be that of Krampus and Perchten, two pagan gods worshipped in winter ceremonies in the Alps. This piece was carved from a walnut tree that from the looks of the cankers on the top of the stump, was dying. By turning the dead tree into a sculpture, they were able to create a new focal point in the spot instead of a hole from removing the stump.

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