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Folk artist carves stunning designs on fallen leaves

What can you do with fallen leaves? Instead of sweeping them into trash bins, folk artist Hao Xudong has collected piles of leaves and carved out stunning designs on the feather-light canvas.

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Craftmanship and patience are indispensable when creating the delicate art pieces. To finish one leaf carving, Hao spent three days collecting, processing and carving the raw material.

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Hao, from north China's Shanxi Province, used to be a paper cutting artist before he fell in love with leaf- carving nine years ago.

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  This artist has since created hundreds of leaf art pieces, depicting a variety of themes from Renaissance masterpiece the Mona Lisa to masks of the Peking Opera.

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