Sometimes, instead of asking "why", it's better just to say "whoa". This piece by New York artist Naoko Ito is one of those times.
The project, entitled Ubiquitous, dissects a single 1.8m wide tree branch into about two dozen pieces, the meticulously places them in jars to create this optical illusion. A comment on the commoditisation of nature, or preservation's collateral fragmentary and isolating effects? Nah. Just one wicked cool visual idea. Whoa. [Neatorama via Make]