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Kayashima: The Japanese Train Station Built Around a 700-Year-Old Tree

January 31, 2017

Johnny Strategy

…ation. For the next 60 years the station remained largely unchanged. But an increase in population and overcrowding began to put pressure on the station and plans for an expansion where approved in 1972, which called for the tree to be cut down. But the camphor tree had long been associated with a local shrine and deity. And when locals found out that station officials planned to remove the tree there was a large uproar. Tales began to emerge…

 

 



Art Photography

Behind a Little House Project: Dramatic Changes in Landscape Behind a Tiny House

July 25, 2013

Christopher Jobson

…capture the dramatic changes in weather and light that utterly changed the scenery just beyond the horizon. As part of a traveling exhibition the photos are mounted on a wall behind a book containing copies of a photo of the house against a white sky. Viewers are then invited to draw their own interpretation of what appears behind the little house. Via his artist statement: The first photograph starts the series with a Big-Bang-like explosion…

 

 



Art

Artist Felice House Reimagines Scenes from Classic Western Films with Female Cowboys as Leads

February 27, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

…e, and at the same time when I sit down to watch a Western movie, I start to feel angry. For the most part, the roles in Westerns are totally inaccessible to me.” Deciding to start a conversation with this frustration, House choose to paint these reimagined Westerns to ask straightforward questions to a society that continuously handed over these roles to males. House seeks to ask what society would be like with this imagined reversal—how…

 

 



Art Food Science

This Tree Created by Artist Sam Van Aken Grows 40 Different Kinds of Fruit

July 21, 2015

Christopher Jobson

…reate the Frankenstein-esque tree, Aken worked with stone fruits (fruits with pits) like peaches, plums, apricots, almonds, and nectarines. Over the course of five years he successfully grafted dozens of plants onto the same tree, and with that, the Tree of 40 Fruit project was born. Because of their similarities, all 40 fruits bud, bloom and fruit in near perfect unison. Aken has since grafted at least 16 different “Trees of 40…

 

 



Design

Functional Shelves and Tables Built From Fallen South American Trees

January 12, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

…ork University and is currently based in New York City. Errazuriz is represented by Cristina Grajales Gallery and Salon94. You can see more images of his work on his Facebook and Instagram. (via My Modern Met) “Bilbao (Tree Shelf)” Bilbao (Tree Shelf), detail Bilbao (Tree Shelf), detail Bilbao (Tree Shelf), detail “Metamorphosis Shelf,” carved wood, 2010 , 56 3⁄4” x 127” x 14 1⁄2”, edition of 12 “Metamorphosis…

 

 



Art

A Christmas Tree Made from 5,000 Donated Ceramic Dishes and Cups in Belgium

December 11, 2012

Christopher Jobson

I’m a huge fan of alternative Christmas trees in urban centers, from last year’s plastic bottle tree in Lithuania to the abstract tree currently up in Brussels, any idea seems better than heading out to the local forest and hacking down a pine tree older than my grandparents. This year in Hasselt, Belgium a pair from the design firm Mooz created this concept of an enormous tree covered in 5,000 pieces of ceramic donated from local…

 

 



Art Design

An Illuminated Woven Willow Tree House by Tom Hare

September 26, 2014

Christopher Jobson

…Tom Hare works primarily with willow branches to create large organic sculptures that borrow from the same techniques used in basket making. One of his most recent commissions was a giant egg-like treehouse installed in a cherry tree at a private residence. Lit from the inside, the complexity of the structure is highlighted against the sky, making it look a bit more like a spaceship than a treehouse. You can see more of Hare’s work on his…