Climb Into These Artistic Tree Houses Built Among The Sydney Gum Trees
- All Ages
By: Alex Harmon, ellaslist
Dec 7, 2018
We are screaming from the tree tops! Your kids can soon have their very own home among the gum trees with the Eveleigh Tree House, a public artwork by Sydney-based visual artist Nell commissioned for construction at Eveleigh Green park.
The free-to-the-public artwork, curated by Carriageworks, will consist of a series of interconnected pods created out of hundreds of individually forged steel gum leaves. The tree house pods will be nestled amongst the existing gum tress at Eveleigh Green located within South Eveleigh. Put it in your diaries: we're told you can walk among the trees in April 2019.
It seems everything Carriageworks touches turns to gold - have you seen the spectacular exhibition, Until by Nick Cave? It is mind-blowingly, shimmering in crystal and gold flakes good. And we dare say, these tree houses will be even better.
Nell was inspired by the history and character of the nearby Eveleigh Locomotive precinct and wanted to pay homage to the Gadigal land on which the site stands. The work also embodies a personal connection to the site for the artist, whose great-grandfather worked as a boilermaker at Eveleigh from 1931-1952.
"The Tree House will capture the essence of what we as adults remember tree houses to be —a place of imagination, observation and retreat from the world," explained Nell.
Be Part Of The Tree House
This weekend (Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December) there will be public workshops where your kids can create – and stamp their initials on the back of – individual steel gum leaves that will be added to the bodies of the Tree House. How cool would that be - to literally be part of the tree house structure! You can sign up here.
Rain On Our Parade
But wait, there's more. Nell has conceived a second public art work for the precinct, Happy Rain, which takes the form of a large-scale smiling cloud wall work created from LED lighting attached to the exterior of a high-rise building. Never has rain (in Sydney) looked so exciting.
The public art program will also include sculptural and botanical works, landmarks and meeting places created by a number of local artists. We are beyond thrilled.
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