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This Artist Carves Gorgeous Nature Imagery Into Old, Tossed-Away Materials

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"I try to create images that remind people of the moments when everything seems possible and free; times when climbing a tree, or sitting admiring the way its branches twist and curl means nothing, but means everything," artist Dan Rawlings writes on his website, featuring a gallery of his work. 

Rawlings turns old materials such as recycled tools, skateboards, worn-out signs, farm equipment, and even a delivery van into enchanting works of art. The new works are carved into trees and landscapes, sometimes featuring human interaction.

For example, in one of Rawlings' work, carved into a saw, a couple kisses beneath a tree. In another piece, a bicycle sits against a collection of trees, all carved into a glowing silo. 

"I enjoy using sentimental objects ... they bring to mind a time when things were simpler, not easier, but the concerns of everyday people were fundamental and shared," Rawlings adds on his website. "The really important things in life tend to get pushed aside and ignored in the rush, but like wildflowers growing up through cracks in the pavement, they have incredible persistence; a great deal of hope and positivity can be taken from stopping to admire them once in a while."

"Enjoy what you love, because life is so much bigger than us."

Moreover, Rawlings hopes to send a message regarding climate change through his work:

"I'm concerned about the fact that we are passing the point of no return with climate change, and rather than acting we seem to be looking the other way," he tells Bored Panda. "By using cast away items of once great value to conjure memories or depict nature's beauty, I aim to convince people that what we should value is the existing, not to wish it away with dreams of material possessions, [and] to be involved rather than watching through a screen."

You can check out more of Rawlings' work below as well as on his Instagram and website

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