These beautifully painted trees are the work of Wang Yue, a 23-year-old art student in Shijiazhuang, China. Wang Yue specifically seeks out holes in the trunks of trees to use as her canvas - parts of the urban landscape most people overlook. But once they’ve been painted, passersby can’t help but be delighted by the unexpected sight of animals peering out from the trees or magical landscapes that appear to exist inside the trunks, like tiny portals to other worlds. 

"Each piece takes Wang about two hours to complete. The local environmental protection bureau has approved the artworks and publicly stated that the paints used will not harm the tree and will eventually wash away over time. Wang Yue’s artwork has received much praise in the Chinese media. The splash of colour has been welcomed by the citizens of Shijiazhuang, a city of over ten million people, known for having some of the worst air pollution in the world.”

[via Twisted Sifter]