Two blokes chopping up tree trunks at a wildlife sanctuary in order to make way for new electrical cables came across a bizarre “alien” face inside one of the logs that they say is a dead singer for iconic painting “The Scream.”
Ian Suitters and Russell Davies were doing some voluntary work for The Big Cat Sanctuary in Smarden in Kent yesterday when they saw the fascinating image.
Ian, 65, said: “We were at either end of the log and when he chainsawed it both of us went ‘Blimey, that looks just like The Scream’.”
Ian told Kent Online: “I thought that people need cheering up at the moment and everyone likes seeing strange things, so I sent it in.”
The Scream, originally entitled Der Schrei der Natur (The Scream of Nature) by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch is probably one of the most famous paintings in the world.
Munch liked the image so much he painted it twice, as well as creating two further versions in pastels and a lithograph.
Both of the paintings have been stolen from art galleries. The one held by the Norwegian National Gallery was pinched in 1994 by cheeky thieves who left a note saying “thanks for the bad security.”
This new sixth version, created by a chance arrangement of the tree’s rings, is not currently expected to go on show at any major galleries.
Ian, who lives in nearby Maidstone, says he has been helping out at the sanctuary for more than two years.
He said: “It’s really enjoyable work, I get to see the cats every week and it gives me a bit of exercise.”
When asked whether he’d ever seen any strange faces in unexpected before, he said: “Not really, I’ve never found Jesus in a bowl of cornflakes or anything like that.”