Jia Haixia and Jia Wenqi, both 53, have planted 10,000 trees together in Hebei, China. Haixia is blind in both eyes and Wenqi is a double amputee with no arms. Their friendship was formed 10 years ago when they could not find jobs due to their disabilities.
For his own wedding, artist and designer Benjamin Shine created two sculptures of his and his bride’s profiles gazing at each other, with both extending to long sculptural ribbons that spiraled in and out of the trees in the forest where the wedding was held. The ribbons, in turn, directed his wedding guests right up to the ceremony’s seating area.
Would you believe us if we tell you this rather colorful tree can produce as many as 40 different varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines and cherries? Even almonds too. Or have we finally gone nuts? Truth be told, it is actually not as miraculous as it sounds. The amazing feat is achieved with human intervention via the rather mundane process of chip grafting.
This is one unique photo series! Chicago-based photographer and designer Paul Octavious created these conceptual photographs of figures “following the angle of windswept trees”. Pretty neat, right? Now I’m not sure if any Photoshop is involved, but if not, Octavious’ subjects might’ve endured a few grazed knees after falling over trying to get in line […]
The circle of life for billions of trees is usually to grow, to be cut down, to end up as a book or newspaper. Colombian artist Miler Lagos reversed this fate in his wonderful installation Fragments of Time in which he presents 15 tree trunk-looking pieces that were made of piled and carved newspaper.
A fallen oak meets sleek design in the Fallen Tree bench, created by designer Benjamin Grain-Dorge. On one side, he supports the bench with branches that are virtually unaltered. On the other, a simple piece of glass. The way he’s found a balance between the two is astounding.
Sit back and relax. This minimalist, low-cost design lets you take advantage of a tree’s shady canopy while keeping your clothes from getting dirty or damp from the ground. And, of course, you can set it up and take it down without hurting the tree. The clever minds of Zo-loft design specialize in low-impact designs that maximize urban spaces […]
In a culture where women are severely undervalued, the people of Piplantri village in India decided to take a stand. They found a way to put a measurable value on the lives of their women. For every baby girl born, 111 trees are planted. And not only that, but actual legal measures are taken to […]
These trees are living, breathing, balloon carrying, leaf tossing creatures. Created during Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven (22-30 October 2011), the project celebrated the visual transformation of forests. The series included photography as well as a cool video. Watching the beautiful variety and change in this series will make you think twice about treating trees […]
Every year, as Christmas sweeps us by, it also leaves in its wake, conifer trees dumped in the streets as unseasonal trash. So what UK-based artist D*Face did for his Eyebaubles project was to paste googly eyes on some of them. They certainly look as down in the dumps as much as they are in the dumps.
The almost unearthly projection mappings in trees of the French photographer Clement Briend are a spectacular experience and a great idea too. Because of the nature of trees, these faces and shapes are becoming three-dimensional, and like ghosts, they are watching over the people who pass by. One of his series, Cambodian Trees, is focusing on spirituality and nature, which occupy an important place in Cambodian culture.
Italian artist Giuseppe Penone is a sculptor who carves young trees within the trunks of old trees. His work shows the past and present of nature, and his detailed sculptures give the viewer a glimpse into the beauty of the growth of trees. Penone’s exhibit, The Hidden Life Within, was recently displayed at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Artist KaiTrees keeps a low profile online, so not many people know about his incredible sculptures of trees, made of wires twisted together and then painstakingly pulled back apart. He posts some pictures of his work on Deviant Art and has a few available for sale at ArtFire It’s worth zooming in close to see the incredible level of detail.