“A hunger after a thousand year nap” is a piece of surreal painting created by Poland-based concept artist and illustrator Marcin Jakubowski aka balloontree, for the NVArt ‘Surreal in the style of Jacek Yerka‘ contest run by CGSociety and NVIDIA
Photo by Steve McCurry. The stairway is narrow and steep as it climbs a 300-foot lava plug crowned by Buddhist temples. The plug rises from the slope of Mount Popa an extinct volcano, where thousands of pilgrims flock each May to a festival honoring a multitude of terrestial spirits called nats. Burma's Buddhists have a healthy respect for the nats, who bestow favors on those who honor them and inflict punishment on non-believers.