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Love to be around nature? In Dresden, the nature loves to be around you!

Love to be around nature? In Dresden, the nature loves to be around you!

In fact, the trees are so happy to see you that they've sprouted goofy grins. And one or two seem to have developed lazy eyes as well, though I'm not sure what that's about. The important thing is: These are some really happy trees.

The cheerful retrofitting of Dresden's plantlife comes through the mischevious work of Zonenkinder, a Hamburg-based art collective whose series "The Tree Project" mixes graffiti with land art. The artists made Germany's trees beam as part of two seperate culture festivals, the mural-focused CityBilder - Kunst auf Brandwänden in Dresden and the Festival n.a.t.u.r. in Bochum. Zonenkinder has also anthropomorphized clumps of grass, and wow, is that some suspicious-looking grass.

About the trees, a couple of which have donned jackets, the collective has this to say:

The Tree Project is an ongoing project - inspired by the beauty and the decay of nature. We are constantly in search for new spots and unusual surfaces for our art and new ways to be creative and we explore imaginative faces, grimaces in the living nature surrounding us.

Need more smiling trees? Say no more:

All images courtesy of -lucky cat- on Flickr/Creative Commons.

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