The international woodcarving program provides a platform for artists to showcase their craftmanship and creativity in this ancient and longstanding art form and serves as a nexus for the public to enter a dialogue with the carvers directly. The program has hosted 120 wood carvers from more than 80 different countries and regions. Artists either work together to carve a slab that reflects the theme as a team interwoven with their own culture, background and experience, resulting in one of a kind pieces of art, or individually crave their standalone piece. The collaborative creative process organically provides opportunities to share and learn from each other. Each artist also brings finished carvings from home that shows their talent and their unique perspective. Visitors are able to see various wood carving styles being presented during the event.