A Gigantic Sculpture Cast from the Trunk of a 140-Year-Old Hemlock Tree

Seattle-based artist John Grade has created a sculpture precisely shaped from the living trunk of a 140-year-old Western Hemlock tree growing in North Bend, Washington. Built from a latticework comprised of hundreds of thousands of salvaged old-growth cedar blocks, the story behind its construction (and ultimate fate) is almost as beautiful as its light-filled form.

Visual Bits #449 > Branching Out: Beautiful Tree Artworks

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Intricate Bonsai Trees out of Wire

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After becoming a bonsai enthusiast, Ken To decided to give his wife a unique gift for Christmas: a bonsai tree made out of wire. His wife loved the gift and was impressed by what Ken could do with wire. It wasn’t for another three years that Ken made his second wire bonsai tree, again for his wife. Soon Ken learned how to make the foliage of his wire trees an easier process, and upon acquiring some specialized wire, he started making more of his bonsai trees.

Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Rain Activated Art

On a brick wall of an abandoned synagogue in Hartford, Connecticut, there is a new gorgeous mural that comes and goes with the rain. The image of the oak tree, which is a symbol of American Independence from a famous painting called The Charter Oak by Charles DeWolf Brownell, appears when the bricks get wet and disappears when the brick dries. The tree, designed by Adam Nilewicz, is 30 feet tall and 45 feet wide and was created by weather treating all of the brick surrounding the desired image.

Mobile App Identifies A Tree By Its Leaf

Trees are not just a simple part of nature, they’re a immensely complex structure that requires an vast amount of knowledge to understand. Leafsnap is first in a series of recently launched apps designed to turn mobile app users into citizen dendrologists.

A Christmas Tree Made of Bicycles

Putting the cycle back in recycle, some clever Aussies in Sydney built a huge Christmas tree completely out of old bicycles. For the third year running, the people at The Rocks have built their tree completely out of reused objects. In 2008 the tree was built out of discarded wooden chairs and in 2009 it was made entirely of plastic bottles. This year they really raised the bar and used 100 old two-wheelers painted green, radially mounted with multi-colored lights to illuminate.

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