Scattered around woodland areas in the UK are these unintentional site-specific artworks; trees that have small denomination coins hammered into them by passersby. The story goes that this has been going on for decades, even as far back as the 1700s in Scotland, according to the BBC. Used as ‘wishing trees’, this practice was thought to have cured illness just by sticking a coin into a tree. This phenomenon is fascinating not only for the intrigue that surrounds the trees’ superstitious qualities, but also because of the simple, decorative beauty the trees possess.
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