Chinese Papercut Series LbNA # 15418
|Owner||Runs for Beer|
|Placed Date||May 28 2005|
Papercut is an art form originally created in China. Around the first century A.D., the Chinese invented that most flexible, versatile and adaptable of materials -- paper. The first papercut can be traced back to the period known as the Northern and Southern Dynasties (A.D. 386-581). Papercut became one of the main forms of arts, and was popular to the people of the time; even in royal families ladies were also judged by the ability at papercut.
Most of the papercut artists are women. The themes of their works usually include everything in people's daily life. Familiarity makes them understand the real spirit of the art. The main tool for papercut is scissors. Another tool for paper cutting is engraving knives which are necessary to enhance a sharpened effect or to make a delicate job.
The bright colors of red, green or light blue papercuts set off a merry atmosphere, so they are often found in wedding ceremonies or festivals in China; people like to decorate their windows and doors using colorful papercuts.
The Papercut Series is located in the 700 acre Gwinnett park with two lakes. Drive into the park, over the bridge, park on the right and enter the woods at the trail behind the no parking sign.
Phoenix Double Happiness
(The phoenix symbolizes woman and the Chinese characters are two “happiness” characters. This symbol is used in connection with weddings, when also joined by a dragon image, which symbolizes the man.)
Find the small trail that leads into the woods. Stay left at the fork to main path. Straight ahead is a very large boulder a bit into the woods. A small path leads right up to the top of the boulder. Stand on top of the boulder. Facing away from the main road, look down off edge to a group of smaller rocks. Look under left side of largest flat rock; under the edge facing an old cypress tree behind a flat rock underneath. [Be very wary - there has been more than one report of big black snakes calling these rocks home!]
Back on the trail and turn right, the way you were going. In a little ways you’ll see a path off to your right. You’ll know it’s the right one if you see a pine tree with one of those spiny leafed plants at its base and another one just ahead on the side path on the right. Follow this path, it’ll turn a bit left at a small clearing. Follow until you see a large stump on left a step or two off the path. With this stump on your right, look due North to an old stump (not much left to it now) about 8 steps away. Look inside under pile of bark.
Backtrack to main path. Follow until you get to a gravel service road. Cross road and look for the continuation of the path on the other side. Stay straight –downhill. Right at next fork. You’ll come to a clearing of sorts – an more open area with trees. Stay straight as path splits left. At 4-way intersection, go right, uphill. At the top of the hill turn right. Stop at the twin yellow stakes. Stand at the left one and look left for a small multi-trunked, branching tree. 68* from this tree look for the farther of two fallen pines. Over and under at the end. Under debris, rock and bark.
I didn’t explore further along this trail – so not exactly sure where it leads, but if you backtrack, the gravel service road lead back to the main road. Also, these are mountain bike and horse trails – so watch your step! And as always, please rehide better than found – Thanks.
UPDATE: I got a report that if you continue on the path past box#3 you'll end up back on the gravel road, further down from where you crossed it before.