40 posts tagged Tree
40 posts tagged Tree
Today the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders follows photographer Michael Nichols to the Sequoia National Park in California where he and his team captured an awe-inspiring photo of the The President, a giant sequoia tree believed to be over 3,200 years old. Standing 247 feet (75 m) tall and measuring 27 ft (8.2 m) in diameter at the base, The President is the third largest tree in the world.
Stop and consider this for a moment - how periods of human existence an world events have taken place while this tree has simply been growing and growing. And it’s still growing!
"The tree is one of the fastest growing trees ever measured, accumulating more new wood each year than much younger trees, proving that ancient trees still have plenty of life and energy left."
For the December 2012 issue of National Geographic, Nichols and team spent 32 days using a rigging system to take 126 photos which were later stitched together to create a complete portrait of the tree. By including members of their team in some of the shots, they helped convey just how huge and majestic The President is.
Visit My Modern Metropolis for additional photos of this truly awesome tree.
When a Los Angeles-based artist named Adam Tenenbaum acquired a few chandeliers that turned out to be too large for his home, he decided to hang them from the tree outside his house instead. That’s how the beautiful Chandelier Tree began. It’s been growing ever since.
Colin Kennedy is a director who lives down the street from Adam and, after watching the Chandelier Tree develop, finally grew so curious about the project that he contacted Adam and created this short documentary about an awesome tree illuminated by numerous chandeliers and the person who made it happen.
When Tim Stellburg, a particularly geeky Minnesotan who also goes by the name Buggeye, had to have several troublesome cottonwood trees in his yard cut down, he asked that 9-10 feet of one of the trees be left standing so that he could later hire an artist to carve it into something awesome.
As soon as he figured out what he wanted, Tim hired Curtis Ingvoldstad of Wood Sculpture by Curtis to transform the stump into a magnificent Silver Dragon based on fantasy artist and illustrator Todd Lockwood’s creation for Dungeons & Dragons third edition (3.5).
“No matter how badly I mess up a Star Wars/Star Trek/whatever trivia quiz - Nobody can take away my geek card ever again.”
The process of sculpting the tree took place over 13 four hour sessions. Curtis painted the beast as well, but Tim painted the eyes himself. Click here for more photos of Buggeye’s awesome Silver Dragon.
From the Department of Awesome Grandparents comes these photos of an amazing tree house, perhaps better described as a tree mansion, that Steve and Jeri Wakefield had made for their grandsons, Lincoln and Sullivan Scott, outside their home in Dallas, Texas.
Designed by family friend and architect James Curvan, this spectacular 100 square foot playhouse, fully equipped with electricity and air conditioning, sports two sleeping lofts, two decks, a crow’s nest, climbing wall, rope ladder, suspension bridge, and even a zip line.
The Wakefields’ grandsons were in preschool when Curvan built the tree house. “Some kids have a hard time with ladders, so I created a staircase with four landings,” the architect says. “That way even little ones can feel secure and safe on their way to the top.”
But it gets better. Now that their grandchildren have grown up, the Wakefields invite neighbourhood kids to come play in the tree house mansion. They must be pretty popular on their block. We’re guessing that these are also the sort of awesome folks who give out full size candy bars for Halloween.
A Hungarian artist who goes by the name Babukatorium spent three months creating this awesomely intricate piece of guerilla knitting aka yarnbombing. The colouful crocheted piece is composed of 247 round spiderwebs in 13 colours. It took the artist three days to affix her beautiful creation to this tree, which is located somewhere in Veszprém, Hungary.
Babukatorium was inspired to create the piece after watching a performance of Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream:
She said: ‘I’m obsessed with spiderwebs and rainbows and so when I saw this tree after the performance I thought it would be perfect for yarnbombing.
'I used a lot of yarn and attached it with rainbow ribbons. At the end I was exhausted and surprised because I didn't think I would be able to complete it. I was also surprised because people love it, and come to visit the tree just to see the work.'
Behold the glorious spectacle of Charles Phoenix and his Astro Easter Tree of Peeps, ”a styrofoam tree covered in tin foil and populated with colorful marshmallow Peeps. It’s the Easter version of his Astro Weenie Christmas Tree.”
[via Laughing Squid]
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We love it when street artists get really thoughtful about choosing the locations and placement of their work. This spectacular piece was created by Nuxuno Xän on a wall in Fort De France, Martinique. A tree growing up behind the wall playfully completes the mural by serving as most of the hairdo belonging to the suave person painted on the wall itself, who appears to know just how awesome his hair is.
Photo by Pedro Filipe
This awesome Christmas tree can be found right here in Seattle. A clever and clearly quite playful gentleman named Patrick Kruger cut the top of his Christmas Tree and attached it to his roof, effectively creating the illusion that his tree had broken through the ceiling and roof of his home.
“I built the prop using a quarter sheet of plywood, sheathing and spare roofing tile,” said Kruger. “I then bought a 14-foot tree and cut the top 6 feet off and mounted it to the prop. The first attempt was blown off the roof, so I bolted it down with the help of my buddy, Scott Douglas.”
Patrick Kruger, the Geyser of Awesome salutes you!
This awesome sculpture, segmenting and freezing a tree in the act of falling, is called Reconnected 1 and was created by artist Philippe Handford.
This tree and other sculptures can be found in Lancashire, England on the Pendle Sculpture Trail, a free sculpture trail conceived by Handford “to be a unique sculpture trail that would show site specific work inspired by, not just the natural materials found in the woods, but by the spooky history of the Pendle witches.”
[via My Modern Metropolis]