Interested in the tension between technological progress and nature, German street artist Dust creates murals that visualize forest spirits coming to life as animate beings. Composed of myriads of brilliantly-colored paint strokes, the tree-like characters appear to emerge from twigs and roots that grow with unstoppable vigor. These creatures take on a life of their own as their limbs crawl horizontally across entire walls. “My thesis is: nature does not need [humans], nature needs only nature,” said Dust. Take a look at some of Dust’s latest murals below, images courtesy of the artist.